Thursday, June 11, 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi Visits China, Baidu Bans Forums on "Aung San Suu Kyi"

On June 10, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times reported:
Wang Jiarui, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), met on Wednesday with Aung San Suu Kyi, chair of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD).
This screenshot was taken on June 10, and shows that when a user searched Baidu's forum product, PostBar (Tieba 贴吧), for “Aung San Suu Kyi” (昂山素季) they were told: "Apologies, in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, this Bar cannot be opened at this time." (抱歉,根据相关法律法规和政策,本吧暂不开放。).

This screenshot, taken the same day, shows that the same search on Sina Weibo indicated no restrictions on Sina Weibo users' discussion of the Aung San Suu Kyi visit.