Saturday, April 27, 2013

2013 Sichuan Earthquake: Images of Victims With Signs Saying "I'm Cold I'm Hungry" Censored


This screenshot was taken on April 24, and shows that a search on Sina Weibo for "I'm cold I'm hungry" returned no results, just a censorship notice.

On April 20, 2013, the state-sponsored China Daily reported:
More than 100 people were killed and thousands injured after a strong quake struck southwest China's Sichuan Province Saturday morning, triggering massive rescue efforts.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya'an City in the province at 8:02 am Saturday Beijing Time. At least 156 people were killed, according to the China Earthquake Administration on Saturday afternoon.
More than 5,500 people were injured, according to a statement from the Lushan county publicity department at Saturday noon, adding that about 140,000 people will have to be relocated.
The epicenter of the quake, with a depth of 13 km, was monitored at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 103.0 degrees east longitude. It is one of the most destructive earthqukes in China in recent years. A 8.0-magnitude quake in Wenchuan county in Sichuan Province left 87,000 dead or missing in May 12, 2008.
On April 23, the state-sponsored Southern Metropolis Daily published an article on its web site entitled "Disaster Victims Blocked by Broken Transportation Lines Assemble to Call Out 'I'm Cold, I'm Hungry'." (交通受阻受灾民众聚集拉幅称“我冷我饿”). According to the article the featured photo showed: "Disaster victims in Lingguan village, Baoxing county, Sichuan, holding up banners saying 'I'm cold I'm hungry' have drawn the attention and support of many." (四川省宝兴县灵关镇,受灾民众举着“我冷饿”的横幅,呼吸各方支持和关注。)

This screenshot was taken on April 24, and shows that article was removed from the web site.

Original URL: http://ndphotos.oeeee.com/album/201304/23/3870.html

These screenshots show the same article was also removed from the China.com web site.

Original URL: http://news.china.com/zh_cn/hd/11127798/20130423/17796167.html

These screenshots show that on April 24 at 1:20 pm a search on Tencent Weibo for "I'm cold I'm hungry" returned 15 results. Two hours later, Tencent claimed it could not find any results for the same search.

These screenshots show one of the original search results was deleted during the same two hour period.

Translation: Huang Xuqin and Wang Jianbing Inciting Subversion Indictment

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