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Sensitive Words: 24th Anniversary of Tiananmen

In 2012, CDT identified 118 terms blocked from Weibo search results around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Many of those terms are now blocked again. There is also overlap between this list and Jason Ng’s...

Preventing Tiananmen Mourning at Shenzhen U.

Last year, Hong Kongers staged a “black shirt campaign” to mourn the victims of the Tiananmen Massacre, commemorated on June 4. The campaign has returned this year as well. Now it appears that Shenzhen University is...

Sensitive Words: Run-Up to Tiananmen Anniversary

As of May 25, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Three Detained in Guangzhou After Applying for Tiananmen Commemoration: Li Weiguo, Xu Xiangrong, and Li Wensheng...

Empire Illustrated: Peng Liyuan at Tiananmen, 1989

Peng Liyuan, wife of the new Chinese president Xi Jinping, has lit up Weibo with her glamour. The censors have balked at discussions of her outfits, though their work has not done much to dampen “first lady fever.”...

Did China’s Stock Market Protest Today?

Does Shanghai’s stock market have a democratic mind of its own? The Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Composite Index fell exactly 64.89 points on Tuesday, the 23rd anniversary anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. The...

Cartoon: The Spirit of June 4th, by Hexie Farm (蟹农场)

For his latest entry to his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm honors those who were killed by military fire in the crackdown on protesters in Beijing in the early morning hours of June 4, 1989 by depicting their...

Chang Ping: China Needs to Address Causes of June 4

Chang Ping, a columnist and former senior editor of Southern Metropolis Weekly, writes in South China Morning Post about the People’s Daily editorial of April 26, 1989, which effectively declared the protests in Tiananmen...

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