Local news outlets did not report on the ceremony, while international news websites including CNN and the BBC were blocked within China from Thursday, according to The New York Times. Foreign television news, which only air in select locations catering to overseas visitors, was blacked out for the duration of segments about the prize, according to international news reports.
"Liu Xiaobo's sentence is an injustice, and censoring news
of his award compounds that injustice," said
Liu was arrested in December 2008 for his role in drafting Charter 08, a petition for democratic reform, and sentenced to 11 years in prison for inciting subversion against the state in December 2009 in a verdict that cited articles published on overseas websites.