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Obama Faces Chinese Censorship

January 23rd, 2009 by

Barack Obama’s campaign & election has been followed by a large section of Chinese internet population & his immense popularity among Chinese has emerged out in various surveys. However many were disappointed, if not downright annoyed when his inauguration speech faced Chinese censorship for his references to communism & dissent.

AP Reports :

The Chinese translation of the speech, credited to the Web site of the official English-language newspaper China Daily, was missing the word “communism” in the first sentence. The paragraph with the sentence on dissent had been removed entirely.

The censored version was carried by Xinhua, the official news agency, and posted on popular online portals like Sina and Sohu. Another portal, Netease, used a version without the paragraph mentioning communism, but retaining the part about dissent.

Few lucky could actually bypass the censorship using Filipino satellite equipment, however a majority of the Obama fans searched for his speech & china policy. Here is what we are seeing in Google china as Top 10 ‘Obama’ related search :

top 10 Obama search in Chinese

The government allowed the full English text of the address to be published & defended the censorship on state television & domestic websites of inauguration speech references by U.S. President Barack Obama to communism and dissent, saying it was an editorial right.

More reviews on chinahere.

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10 Responses

  1. Taly Weiss Says:

    Interesting how we can follow users behavior and trace their actions..China has sure made this a challenge.

  2. est Says:

    > Few lucky could actually bypass the censorship

    No, most of us bypass the censorship.

  3. leon187 Says:

    no fucking way, there is no communism in china. Its state dictatorship.

  4. Agitationist Says:

    @est: Kudos to you, keep it up.
    @Apurba: Thank you for this – I haven’t seen it reported anywhere.

  5. Bruce GAO Says:

    well, has translated the total speech.

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