China censors Tiananmen Square massacre related words on Internet
China has censored words such as `today` as an Internet search item 24 years after the Chinese government`s bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
London: China has censored words such as `today` as an Internet search item 24 years after the Chinese government`s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.
The words that have been censored on Sina Weibo, the country`s most popular microblog, include `tomorrow`," `that year`, `special day` ahead of the anniversary of the massacre.
According to the Guardian, they have also censored many number combinations that could refer to 4 June 1989, such as 6-4, 64, 63+1, 65-1, and 35 (shorthand for May 35th), the Guardian reports.
Chinese Communist party authorities, fearing a threat to their legitimacy, forbid open discussion of the so-called June 4th incident in the country`s media and on its Internet.
Yet Internet users have reacted by using ever-more oblique references to commemorate the tragedy, with many posting pictures, which can often elude automatic detection: a girl with her hand over her mouth; a Lego man facing down three green Lego tanks; the iconic "tank man" picture with its tanks photoshopped into four giant rubber ducks, a reference to a well-known art installation in Hong Kong`s Victoria harbour, the report said.
Many prominent intellectuals and celebrities on Sina Weibo have simply taken the day off from posting in an act of quiet protest, it added.