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<h3>''kōng yǐzi'' 空椅子</h3>
  
Writer and dissident [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/liu-xiaobo/ Liu Xiaobo], who was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/12/liu-xiaobo-sentenced-to-eleven-years/ sentenced to an 11-year prison sentence] for “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/01/subversion-vs-inciting-subversion-2/ inciting subversion of state power]” in 2009, was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/10/nobel-peace-prize-goes-to-liu-xiaobo/ awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize]. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/liu-xiaobo-jailed-in-china-honored-in-absentia-by-nobel-committee/ Unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo] due to his incarceration, the laureate was represented by his empty seat. Shortly thereafter, the term “empty chair” became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]] in Chinese cyberspace.  
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[[File:cover.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Controversial cover of the Southern Metropolis Daily.'']]
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[[File:emptychair3.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Artist: Zhang Facai'']]
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Allusion to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/liu-xiaobo/ Liu Xiaobo], who was prevented from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
  
Some bloggers who used the term online following the 2010 Peace Prize ceremony [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/ had their accounts blocked, and some who participated in a campaign to post images of empty chairs saw their posts censored]—some accounts were even deleted for posting the image.  
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On Christmas Day, 2009, the writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/12/liu-xiaobo-sentenced-to-eleven-years/ sentenced to an 11-year prison sentence] for "[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/01/subversion-vs-inciting-subversion-2/ inciting subversion of state power]." He had been detained one year earlier after co-authoring the democracy manifesto [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/12/china-detains-prominent-dissident-ahead-of-human-rights-day/ Charter 08]. Twelve months of international pressure to release Liu had proven fruitless, but it did not stop with the verdict. In October 2010, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/10/nobel-peace-prize-goes-to-liu-xiaobo/ Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize]. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/liu-xiaobo-jailed-in-china-honored-in-absentia-by-nobel-committee/ Unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo], the laureate was represented by his empty seat. Shortly thereafter, the term "empty chair" became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]] in Chinese cyberspace.  
  
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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Some bloggers who used the term "empty chair" in their posts [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/ had their accounts blocked, while others who participated in a campaign to post images of empty chairs saw their posts censored]. Some accounts were deleted simply for posting the image.  
  
[[File:emptychair.jpg]]
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[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/07/liu-xiaobo-december-28-1955-july-13-2017/ Liu Xiaobo died under custody on July 13, 2017.]
  
[[File:emptychair2.jpg]]
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See also [[go with the flow]] and [[Mayor Lymph]].
  
''Use of the empty chair symbol by Amnesty International''
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Latest revision as of 19:23, 22 January 2021

kōng yǐzi 空椅子

Controversial cover of the Southern Metropolis Daily.
Artist: Zhang Facai

Allusion to Liu Xiaobo, who was prevented from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

On Christmas Day, 2009, the writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power." He had been detained one year earlier after co-authoring the democracy manifesto Charter 08. Twelve months of international pressure to release Liu had proven fruitless, but it did not stop with the verdict. In October 2010, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo, the laureate was represented by his empty seat. Shortly thereafter, the term "empty chair" became a sensitive word in Chinese cyberspace.

Some bloggers who used the term "empty chair" in their posts had their accounts blocked, while others who participated in a campaign to post images of empty chairs saw their posts censored. Some accounts were deleted simply for posting the image.

Liu Xiaobo died under custody on July 13, 2017.

See also go with the flow and Mayor Lymph.

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