Thursday, November 22, 2012

Websites Delete Xinhua Report About Tibetan Self-Immolation in Xunhua, Qinghai

On November 20, 2012, most of China's large state-sponsored media outlets published a Xinhua article entitled "25 Year-Old Tibetan Man Injured in Self-Immolation in Xunhua, Qinghai" (青海省循化县25岁藏族男子自焚身亡). As these screenshots show, the report was deleted within hours.

Screenshot showing the article before and after Sina deleted it.

The People's Daily posted the article in at least three places:
These screenshots were taken on November 20, and show Google Preview 
displaying a People's Daily error message for those pages. 
Rather than delete the article, the Guangming Daily replaced it with a
completely unrelated article.
As of the time of this posting, the story can still be found on the websites of the Global Times and Caixin:

These screenshots show that Sina Weibo deleted all posts about the incident when users searched for "Xunhua County."

These screenshots show that both Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo began censoring searches for "Self-Immolate" in 2012.

These screenshots were taken on November 21, 2012, and show that Baidu has banned users from establishing Tieba forums on "Tibetans," "Monks," and "Self-Immolation."

These screenshots were taken on November 21, 2012, and show that Baidu is censoring search results for "Tibetans Protest" and "Monks Self-Immolate."

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