Hunger artists and inmates who “die in their sleep” not newsworthy

From the NYT, via Twitter.

This is what China’s government doesn’t want you to know and how Internet censorship works.

A few pearls fromt the list:

7. Delete news related to the youtan poluo flower. [Buddhist lore says this rare and auspicious flower blooms once every 3,000 years. Reports that a nun at a temple in southern China found a cluster of the tiny flowers under her washing machine set off a recent stir in the press. Chinese officials are concerned about the spread of superstition.]

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7. Delete news related to the youtan poluo flower. [Buddhist lore says this rare and auspicious flower blooms once every 3,000 years. Reports that a nun at a temple in southern China found a cluster of the tiny flowers under her washing machine set off a recent stir in the press. Chinese officials are concerned about the spread of superstition.]

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11. Do not report on the hunger strike by Ai Weiwei and other artists. [There was no hunger strike, but Beijing artists are protesting being forced to relocate their studios without fair compensation.]

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15. Do not report on cases of detention center inmates dying during sleep. (blogger’s note: In Brazil, ‘dying during sleep’ while in prison means ‘execution’)

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17. Do not hype or feature news of Li Changjiang and Meng Xuenong resurfacing at the two meetings. [Mr. Li was ousted as head of quality control in 2008 after a scandal involving tainted baby milk powder that killed six and sickened 300,000 children. Mr. Meng resigned as governor of Shanxi province after 267 people died in an iron ore mine disaster. Both have since assumed new posts.] (Blogger’s note: this is so that plastic milk can come as a surprise again!)

mamma mia.

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