|−|Please see [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/ here] (English) and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/tag/%E7%A9%BA%E6%A4%85%E5%AD%90/ here] (Chinese). |+|
here] (English) and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/tag/%E7%A9%BA%E6%A4%85%E5%AD%90/ here] (Chinese).
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空椅子 (kōngyǐzi): empty chair
Following the Nobel prize ceremony during which imprisoned Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was represented by his empty seat, the term “empty chair” (空椅子) has become a banned word in Chinese cyberspace. As reported by the ‘’China Digital Times’’, Some bloggers who have used the term have had their accounts blocked, and a campaign to post images of an empty chair on blogs and microblogs have seen the posts censored and images removed; some accounts have even been deleted for posting the image.
‘’China Digital Times’’ also reports here about the ambiguous cover of the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily, one of China’s most popular and outspoken newspapers. Was this cover a veiled reference to Liu Xiaobo?
For more on China’s attempt to censor images empty chairs, see here (English) and here (Chinese).