Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sina Weibo Censors "Liang Xiaojun" - Name of Lawyer Detained at Xu Zhiyong's Trial

On January 22, 2014, the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing published the following announcement on its Sina Weibo:
Wang Gongquan confessed that he, together with Xu Zhiyong committed criminal acts by planning and inciting groups to disturb order at public venues, and he expressed deep introspection regarding his own behavior.
The court did not mention that on that same day it was trying Xu Zhiyong for gathering crowds to disturb public order, and that a large crowd of people had gathered outside the court. One of those who had gathered at the court was Liang Xiaojun (梁小军), a criminal defense lawyer. On the afternoon of January 22, Liang posted the following message on Twitter:
Thanks to everyone for their concern! I’ve just been released from the Babaoshan police station. There are still a dozen or so petitioners in there.
These screenshots show that Sina Weibo began censoring searches for “Liang Xiaojun” (梁小军) hours after users began posting that he had been detained.