Internet companies in China are treating Chinese characters for “Liu Xiaobo,” “Nobel,” and peace prize as “sensitive words,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, editor of Danwei.org — a website about Chinese media and Internet. Acting on government instructions, the companies are deleting text containing those words, preventing such text from being uploaded, or returning no results on searches for the words, he said.
“I think the main aim is to reduce the chances of Chinese citizens seeing that the Liu Xiaobo Nobel Prize is big news internationally, and to make it more difficult for articles sympathetic to Liu Xiaobo and photos of him to be copied and circulated inside China,” Goldkorn said.
Many foreign websites hit the international filters of China’s censors, or are block altogether. As is Goldkorn’s website Danwei.