hotpot = King of the Southwest = King Who Pacifies the West = Minister of Yu = Tomato
What do these words have in common?
They are all coded references to Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Communist Party
leader in southwestern Chongqing, and they were all censored in China on
Tuesday, according to the Berkeley-based China
Digital Times website. Bo was
removed from his post in March, and state media reported Wednesday he had been suspended
from the governing Politburo and Party Central Committee. Propaganda officials censored speculation about
Bo's downfall and its implications for political stability, so Internet users
adopted terms like the ones above to avoid triggering keyword filters. Now
these, too, have been blacklisted, according to China Digital Times. Will
this senseless battle to hide information ever end?