Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sina Weibo Features Southern People Weekly Anti-Censorship Post Beneath Southern Weekend Censorship Notices

These screenshots were taken on January 7, 2013, and show that searches on Sina Weibo for the Chinese characters "South" (南) and "End" (末) returned no results, just a censorship notice.
 This censorship coincided with a controversy regarding Southern Weekend's (南方周末) New Year's Greeting, which this blog has covered here:
The screenshots show that, as is standard practice at Sina Weibo, they have include several posts underneath the censorship notice. Generally, such posts have nothing to with the censored terms. Here, however, that appears not to be the case for two of the posts (highlighted in red). In these examples one of the posts is from June 6 from the Southern Weekend, and it reads:
Dear Readers: On January 3 this paper's New Year's Greeting was written by the editors to accompany the title of the "Pursuing the Dream"  special topic, and the introductory remarks on the cover were drafted by a responsible person at this paper. Rumors regarding this spreading on the Internet are false. Because time was rushed, production mistakes were made, and there were errors in the text. We apologize for this to all readers.
The other post was published later on January 6 by the Southern People Weekly (a sister publication of  Southern Weekend), and consisted of an image of a person's mouth being covered by a hand and the person drawing a mouth on the hand, the text "Because this mouth is mine," and a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Screenshot of the Southern People Weekly post.
Southern People Weekly post URL: http://e.weibo.com/1653460650/zdgaJkVzn