Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sina Weibo Censors Searches About Five Women's Rights Activists

On April 14, 2015, the China Women’s Net website (operated by the China Women’s News under the sponsorship of the All China Women’s Federation) published an article entitled “China Police Release Five Women’s Rights Activists” (中国警方释放5位女权行动派). According to the article:
The five women's rights activists were detained in March 2015, with the reason for their detention being  to stop obstructing public thoroughfares. There was a strong reaction from the international community, with many expressions of support and opposition to their detentions. Lawyer Liang Xiaojun said that Wei Tingting, Wang Man, and Zheng Churan had already been released by police, but the status of another two remained unclear.
These screenshots show that the article was subsequently deleted. The original URL was: http://www.china-woman.com/2015-04/14/content_56077.htm

This screenshot was taken on April 20, 2015, and shows that search Baidu News for “Wei Tingting Wang Man Zheng Churan” returned no results.

These screenshots show that on March 27, 2015, Sina Weibo was censoring search results for "Women's Rights Taken Away" (女权 被带走) and on April 15, 2015, Sina Weibo was censoring search results for "Women's Rights Released" (女权 释放).
These screenshots show that on April 14, 2015, Sina Weibo began censoring search results for "Li Tingting" (李婷婷) and "Wu Rongrong" (武嵘嵘), the names of the other two women who were released. At the time of the publication of this post, it appears Sina Weibo has stopped blocking search results for these terms.