Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baidu and Sina Weibo Censorship on Day One of Bo Xilai's Trial

On August 22, 2013, China's official news service Xinhua published an article entitled "Bo Xilai Stands Trial for Bribery, Embezzlement, Abuse of Power." An excerpt:
Bo Xilai, former Communist Party of China chief of Chongqing Municipality, stood open trial Thursday on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in east China's Shandong Province. 
The trial started at 8:43 a.m. The official microblog account of the court will update the trial proceedings.
These screenshots were taken on August 22, and show that Baidu and Sina Weibo were apparently not censoring searches for "Bo Xilai."

These screenshots also show, however, that Sina Weibo was censoring searches for "Cherish the Memory of Bo Xilai" (怀念 薄熙来) and "Support Bo Xilai" (拥护 薄熙来), both Sina Weibo and Baidu were censoring searches for "Chongqing Model" (重庆模式), and Baidu had banned users from opening a PostBar (Tieba 贴吧) forum on "Bo Xilai," and a search for "Bo Xilai" on Baidu's Knowledge (Zhidao 知道) product returned no results.