Sensitive Words: Returning From Exile, Hunting Tigers

Sensitive Words: Returning From Exile, Hunting Tigers

As of June 20, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).

Returning From Exile: Tiananmen protest leader Zhou Fengsuo, who has been living in exile as a US citizen for the past 25 years, returned to Beijing on the anniversary of the June 4th crackdown. He took advantage of a policy passed in January, 2013, allowing visitors 72-hours of visa-free time for transit. After a low-key commemorative drive around Tiananmen Square and a visit to the detention center where journalist Gao Yu and rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang were being held during the government’s Tiananmen anniversary crackdown, Zhou was questioned by police and sent back to the US. While many June 4th-related terms are forever sensitive words, several more joined the list during May and June.

  • 周锋锁: Zhou Fengsuo
  • 周封锁: An alternative “spelling” of Zhou Fengsuo

Hunting “Tigers”: Amid Xi Jinping’s crackdown on Party corruption, more high ranking officials have found themselves under investigation.

Also Blocked:

  • 赤化: Become Communist
  • 血债帮 – Blood debt gang, a term used by Falun Gong followers to refer to government officials who have persecuted the group.


All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information.

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