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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beijing Party Secretary Guo Jinlong Censorship - Baidu, Sogou, and Sina Weibo


On July 25, 2012, the state-sponsored China Radio International reported:
A municipal people's congress meeting held Wednesday accepted Guo Jinlong's resignation as the mayor of Beijing, while Wang Anshun was appointed vice mayor and acting mayor of the city.
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Previously, Guo was elected secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 3.
On July 27, 2012, the state-sponsored China Daily reported:
A top municipal government official said Friday that a recent rainstorm in Beijing that has resulted in at least 77 deaths has exposed multiple loopholes in urban planning, construction, infrastructure and emergency management. 
Guo Jinlong, secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee, mourned those who lost their lives in the disaster during a trip to Fangshan district, which was hit the worst by the rainstorm.
These screenshots show that at some time between 6 am and 11 am on June 26, Baidu began censoring searches for "Guo Jinlong Class Dismissed" (郭金龙 下课). In the left-hand screenshot there is no censorship notice, and Baidu says it has 29,000 results. In the right-hand screenshot a censorship notice appears in bold at the top, and Baidu now says it can find only 5,470 results, all of which are from a whitelist of about a dozen websites controlled by the central government an Communist Party.
These screenshots show that at some time between 10 pm on June 26 and 5 am on June 27, Sogou began censoring searches for "Guo Jinlong Class Dismissed" (郭金龙 下课). In the left-hand screenshot there is no censorship notice, and Sogou says it has over 10 pages of results. In the right-hand screenshot a censorship notice appears in italics at the bottom, and Sogou now says it can find only four pages of results, all of which are from a whitelist of about a dozen websites controlled by the central government an Communist Party.

These screenshots show that at some time between June 25 and June 27, Sina Weibo began censoring searches for "Guo Jinlong" (郭金龙).