Baidu Censors Search Results for “Train Station Explosion”
On May 1, 2014, China’s official news agency Xinhua published an article entitled “3 Dead, 79 Injured in Xinjiang Railway Station Blast.” Some excerpts:
Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured in a violent terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday evening.These screenshots were taken within hours of the incidents, and show that Baidu was restricting search results for “Train Station Explosion” (火车站 爆炸) and “Urumqi Explosion” (乌鲁木齐 爆炸) to its own web properties and about one dozen websites operated by the central government.
Four people were seriously injured but in stable condition, said the publicity department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China.
An initial police investigation showed knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi and set off explosives, it added.