Saturday, October 27, 2012

New York Times Publishes Article on Wen Jiabao's Family Wealth, Search Engines and Weibos Impose New Censorship

At around 5:00 am on October 26 (Beijing Time), the New York Times Published an article entitled "Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader" (总理家人隐秘的财富). An excerpt:
Many relatives of Wen Jiabao, including his son, daughter, younger brother and brother-in-law, have become extraordinarily wealthy during his leadership, an investigation by The New York Times shows. A review of corporate and regulatory records indicates that the prime minister’s relatives, some of whom have a knack for aggressive deal-making, including his wife, have controlled assets worth at least $2.7 billion.
The following screenshots show examples of new censorship that various websites instituted within 24 hours of the article's publication.

Sina Weibo began censoring "NYT"

Sogou began censoring "New York Times" (纽约时报)

Qihoo began censoring "Wen Jiahong" (温家宏 - Wen Jiabao's brother)

Youdao began censoring the Chinese title of article

Baidu actually stopped restricting search results for "New York Times" (纽约时报)
to a white list, but . . . . .

. . . at the same time Baidu did something that made search results for the Chinese title
of the New York Times article "disappear."  On October 26 Baidu said it could find
over 1 million results. On October 27 it said it could not find any results.