Thursday, May 2, 2013

Weibos Censor "Selibuya" and "World Uighur Congress" [Updated]

On April 25, 2013, the state-sponsored Global Times published an article entitled "Violent Incident in Bachu Makes People's Blood Boil, Western Media Seizes the Opportunity to Slander China" (巴楚恐怖事件令人发指 西方媒体借机抹黑中国). An excerpt:
On April 23, a severely violent terrorist incident took place in Buchu county, Kashgar, Xinjiang. Fifteen civilian police and community employees were violently assaulted by thugs when they discovered and were dealing with suspects carrying regulated knives. By the time the information was published by local Xinjiang media the incident had already been suppresed, and the police had shot dead six thugs and arrested eight people.
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Even so, in the eyes of the Western media the incident was merely "yet another violent conflict in China's restive Western region," and the "terrorist" nature was merely a characterization by Chinese officials. The pretext put forth by the "World Uighur Congress's" inciting videos was quoted by some Western media.
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When police station commander who was killed in the violent incident was mentioned, the people in Selibuya township were it took occured told the Global Times, "He is a hero."
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These screenshots were taken on May 1, 2013 and show that Baidu, Sina Weibo, and Tencent Weibo were censoring searches for "World Uighur Congress" (世维会), and Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo were censoring searches for "Selibuya" (色力布亚).

Update - May 2, 2013. This post was originally entitled "Global Times Deletes Article on Violence in Selibuya, Xinjiang, Weibos Censor "Selibuya" and "World Uighur Congress"," but a reader noted that the article was still available on the Global Times' web site, but at a different URL:, and was filed under "Domestic" news. Here is a video showing the Global Times post as it originally appeared, under "International" news.

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