China Censors Scrub Emoji Tributes To Nobel Winner Liu Xiaobo

Beijing, China: China censorship raced today to erase the candles from social networks, RIP and other Nobel laureates Liu Xiaobo in their attempt to calm discussions over the death of the dissident.

The 61-year-old democracy activist died of liver cancer on Thursday while under police surveillance at a hospital in Shenyang city in the northeast of the country, but most of the Chinese were disoriented about his death or even who was.

A search of the news of his death in the Chinese search engine Baidu did not return any results Weibo and Twitter in China blocked the use of his name and his initials “LXB”.

Will be removed although the darkest homage Liu Weibo.

A user who posted “RIP” was informed that he had been removed “for violating relevant laws and regulations” – despite the fact that the publication does not mention the activist by name.

RIP is now one of the search terms blocked on Chinese social networks.

Aggravated users published in Weibo candles emulsions were erased. When Weibo is accessed on a personal computer, the symbol is no longer an emotional choice.

In a mobile Weibo, however, the candle was still available, but the attempts were blocked publication and triggered a message that “illegal content.”

China strictly controls the Internet through a censorship system known as the “Great Firewall” and closely follows social networks for sensitive content.

Social networks have cleaned up the comments by praising the dissident.

“It’s brave for this one. History remembers it, either dead or alive,” said a user in Weibo a post that was later removed.

Another said, “You, just published, has made the world different, we who are still in jail, we greet you.”

Even a Chinese article in the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, the last Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in custody, who had circulated in the mobile messaging application, WeShhh can no longer be accessed.

A search for the Chinese translation most commonly used the name of Ossietzky does not return results in Weibo but was not blocked in Baidu.

Circumstances recalled the situation in 2010, when Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion” – online search for his name and references to the prize, including the empty chair he represented in the Ceremony in Oslo, have been blocked.

All online messages did not sympathize with Liu, a veteran of Tiananmen protests of 1989, including the promotion of democratic reform has ignited the government.

The Global Times newspaper, released by the state released its Weibo account: “The deceased is gone and people are playing a wonderful show that pretends to be sad. We are a group of spectators who eat watermelon for one night.”

While international media descended on the hospital that treated Liu for more than a month, most people seemed unconscious of the political prisoner whose name is extremely sensitive in the communist country.

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