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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 [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/ ''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.  
 
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 [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/ ''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.  
  
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For more on China’s attempt to censor images empty chairs, see [http://www.news.com.au/technology/china-erases-picture-of-nobel-winners-empty-chair/story-e6frfro0-1225970053429 here] (English) and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/tag/%E7%A9%BA%E6%A4%85%E5%AD%90/ here] (Chinese).
 
For more on China’s attempt to censor images empty chairs, see [http://www.news.com.au/technology/china-erases-picture-of-nobel-winners-empty-chair/story-e6frfro0-1225970053429 here] (English) and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/tag/%E7%A9%BA%E6%A4%85%E5%AD%90/ here] (Chinese).
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''Use of the empty chair symbol by Amnesty International''
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Revision as of 23:00, 30 December 2010

空椅子 (kōng yǐ zi): 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).

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Use of the empty chair symbol by Amnesty International

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