Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Censorship on the net in China

The Chinese Government likes to control history.  24 years after the Chinese government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, "today" is part of a long list of search terms that have been censored on Sina Weibo, the country's most popular microblog.

Other banned words include "tomorrow," "that year," "special day," and many number combinations that could refer to 4 June 1989, such as 6-4, 64, 63+1, 65-1, and 35 (shorthand for May 35th).

At least people are using satire such as the photo above to cut through the secrecy.The Twitter image mocking Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square, adapted from AP's 1989 photograph (the search term 'Big Yellow Duck' is also banned now). Photograph: Twitter/weibo.com/weibolg

For an different view of the original Tank man, see the stunning photo here.

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