Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sina Weibo Censors "Beijing News," Beijing News Waxes Philosophical, Internet Edition Omits Page With Global Times' Editorial

Beijing News waxes philosophical

Late in the evening on January 8, 2013, the state-sponsored Beijing News (新京报) posted the following on its Tencent Weibo: "Walk too fast and lose your soul. We should stop and pause, wait until our souls can keep up with our pace. - 'Beyond the Clouds' Good night." (走得太快,会把灵魂丢掉。应该停下来等一等,等灵魂追赶上我们的步伐。——《云上的日子》 晚安。)

Early in the morning on January 9, the Beijing News posted the following on its Tencent Weibo: "If you want something that you have never had before, then you need to do something you have never done before. Good morning." (如果你想要你从未拥有过的东西,那么你必须去做你从未做过的事。 早安。)

These screenshots show that between nine and eleven in the morning of January 9 Sina Weibo began censoring "Beijing News."

This screenshot was taken later in the day on January 9, and shows the message that greeted Internet users throughout that day who tried to access the online version of the January 9 edition of the Beijing News at this URL - http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2013-01/09/node_1.htm: "The page you are accessing could not be found, please try one of the following links".
Below, the right-hand screenshot shows that on January 9, an editorial from the Global Times entitled  "Southern Weekend's 'Letter to Readers' Truly Makes One Ponder" (南方周末“致读者”实在令人深思 - read about that here - http://blog.feichangdao.com/2013/01/global-times-netease-and-sina-weibo.html) appeared on page A20 of the hard-copy edition of the Beijing News.

The left hand screenshot, taken on January 10, shows that the Beijing News did not include page A20 in its online edition.