This Week on CDT, September 5, 2014

This Week on CDT, September 5, 2014

Coverage of Beijing’s decision on election of the chief executive of the Hong Kong, S.A.R. was restricted. The directive to the media, however, did not stop netizens from creatively expressing their opinions.

In this week’s Sensitive Words, each stanza of an anti-corruption poem is blocked on Weibo. Also blocked, search terms that reveal the public is keen to uncover party controversies and identify dishonest politicians.

Former prime minister Wen Jiabao was a master of the photo op, thereby earning himself this moniker.

Ever drawn to elaborate public displays for attention, philanthropist Chen Guangbiao jumped on–or rather, into–the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by sitting submerged in ice water for 30 minutes. The curious feat drew skeptics.

This week’s directives from the Ministry of Truth alert news organizations to drop coverage of war games gone awry.

At the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, one young athlete’s antics with a laser pointer sent Chinese censors into damage control mode.


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