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空椅子 (kōng yǐzi): empty chair[[File:emptychair.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Liu's empty chair in Oslo.'']]
 
空椅子 (kōng yǐzi): empty chair[[File:emptychair.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Liu's empty chair in Oslo.'']]
[[File:emptychair2.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Use of the empty chair symbol by Amnesty International.'']]
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[[File:cover.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The Southern Metropolis Daily published this controversial cover after “empty chair” became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]].'']]
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:emptychair3.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''(@zhangfacai/Weibo)'']]
[[File:cover.jpg|250px|thumb|left|''The Southern Metropolis Daily published this controversial cover after “empty chair” became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]]'']]
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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]” on December 25, 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], the laureate was represented by his empty seat. Shortly thereafter, the term “empty chair” became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]] in Chinese cyberspace.  
Some bloggers who used the term online following the 2010 Nobel 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.  
 
  
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:emptychair3.jpg|250px|thumb|left]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 19:15, 23 December 2013

空椅子 (kōng yǐzi): empty chair

Liu's empty chair in Oslo.
The Southern Metropolis Daily published this controversial cover after “empty chair” became a sensitive word.
(@zhangfacai/Weibo)

Writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was sentenced to an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” on December 25, 2009, was awarded the 2010 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.

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