Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chinese Author Liao Yiwu Awarded German Prize, Baidu Tieba and Sina Weibo Censor His Name

On October 16, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times published an editorial entitled: "Shan Renping: Exiled Dissidents Should Leave Hatred Behind" (单仁平:海外异见者需有走出仇恨的精神力量). An excerpt:
Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu received the 2012 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In his speech during Sunday's award ceremony, Liao savaged China as an "inhumane empire with bloody hands." He also described China as "the source of global disasters" and an "ever-expanding garbage dump." In the end he cried out six times that "the empire must break apart."
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Germans probably think this award could exert some influence on China. But Chinese are used to Westerners using dissidents. Compared with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010, the latest book award will barely draw any attention.
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These screenshots, taken on October 21, show that searches for "Liao Yiwu" (廖亦武) on Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba return no results, just censorship notices.

This screenshot, taken the same day, shows that a search for "Empire Break Apart" (帝国 分裂) on Sina Weibo also returns no results, just a censorship notice.