Monday, April 22, 2013

Billionaire Liu Han Investigated, Sina Weibo and News Search Engines Censor Results for His Name

On March 24, 2013, the state-sponsored Global Times published an article entitled "Hanlong Chair Probed." Some excerpts:
The chairman of China's Hanlong Mining, Liu Han, is under police investigation for harboring his brother before the latter's arrest on suspicion of murder, Xinhua reported Saturday. 
Xinhua, quoting police sources, said Saturday Liu was being investigated for possibly hiding evidence, among other "serious" criminal offences.
These screenshots show that, as early as March 21, Sina Weibo was censoring searches for "Liu Han" (刘汉), it then stopped censoring by March 24, was saying it could not find any results on March 29, and had resumed censorship by April 22.

These screenshots show that searches for "Liu Han" on Qihoo 360 News, Baidu News and Sogou News on March 29 returned no results, no results, and a censorship notice, respectively.