Sensitive Words: Han Jihadist, Xu Zhiyong, More

Sensitive Words: Han Jihadist, Xu Zhiyong, More

As of September 12, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).

Chinese Jihadist Held in Iraq: Early this month, the New York Times reported that Iraq’s Defense Ministry announced the capture of Wang Bo, a Chinese national who had been fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (the Times also ran the article in Chinese). Last year, the Times reported on Wang as a rare example of an ethnic Han joining a jihadist group in the Middle East. This news comes as global concerns about the Islamic State are mounting, and as China continues a crackdown on violence in Xinjiang which has targeted members of the predominately Muslim Uyghur ethnic group local to the region. While China has made efforts to tie violence in Xinjiang to the global jihadist movement and gain international support for its counter terror campaign, Beijing criticized Barack Obama’s recent announcement on imminent U.S. military strikes against the Islamic State on the Iraq-Syria border, staying true to its characteristic commitment to non-interventionism.

  • 王波+叙利亚: Wang Bo + Syria
  • 王波+圣战: Wang Bo + jihad

Rumors About Presidents (Past and Present)

Xu Zhiyong: Rights lawyer, activist, and New Citizens Movement founder Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison in January for “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” Xu’s detention, arrest, and sentencing are part of a larger crackdown on human rights activists and civil society under Xi Jinping.

  • 许志永+新(公民): Xu Zhiyong + New (Citizens Movement)
  • (许)志永+公民: (Xu) Zhiyong + citizens
  • XZY
  • 许ZY: Xu ZY



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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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