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Switch to Forum Live View Chinese Activist Eludes Confinement- Government Goes Nuts
6 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 12:46PM #1
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Two parts to this.

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest and sought asylum in the US embassy, much to the embarassment of the Chinese government, and proably not to the delight of the Americans either, since this will now become an issue in upcoming talks when Hillary Clinton vists Beijing.

But then there is this, concerning the extent to which Chinese censors are going to try to eliminate any public mention of the event:

A Chinese musician famous for playing a two-stringed fiddle, a 1994 Hollywood drama about two prison inmates, a United Airlines flight bound for Washington and CNN -- what do they have in common?

If you try to search "Abing," "the Shawshank Redemption," "UA898" and "CNN" on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, you receive this terse message: "According to relevant laws and policies, results are not displayed."

These terms have joined a fast-growing list of keywords blocked by Chinese censors as they try to prevent the public from obtaining news on a prominent human rights activist who recently escaped his more than 18 months of house arrest in eastern China.

Sort of like internet whack-a-mole: no sooner do these clowns censor one code-word and another pops up.

Some days the news reads like a Beckett play...

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 2:27PM #2
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Should we don our isolationist hat and argue that America has no business messing with China's internal affairs?

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 2:48PM #3
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Yeah... except that Chen showed up at our embassy.  Now we have to figure out what to do with him.

If he'd gone to the French guys down the street,  we would have had the luxury of being able to do nothing but sit back and watch the Chinese government make itself look ridiculous...

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6 years ago  ::  May 03, 2012 - 11:15PM #4
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News censor in China is much much stricker than ever before. Chinese people do not say what in their true mind directly or use sort of codes to communicate sensitive utterance. Funny and rediculous. As a matter of fact, rich Chinese people are escaping to US or other developped countries, which has led to a hot discussion.

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6 years ago  ::  May 10, 2012 - 11:33PM #5
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