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空椅子 (kōng yǐzi): empty chair[[File:emptychair.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Liu's empty chair in Oslo.'']]
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<h3>''kōng yǐzi'' 空椅子</h3>
[[File:cover.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The Southern Metropolis Daily published this controversial cover after “empty chair” became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]].'']]
 
[[File:emptychair3.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''(@zhangfacai/Weibo)'']]
 
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 “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.  
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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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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.
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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.  
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See also [[go with the flow]] and [[Mayor Lymph]].
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Revision as of 19:57, 26 June 2017

kōng yǐzi 空椅子

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

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.

See also go with the flow and Mayor Lymph.

China Digital Space Related Links