http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2010/04/03/2003469622

‘Sensitive terms’ and sensitive celebrations

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010, Page 8

In China, “democracy,” “democratic parties,” “June 4” and even “6.4” are labeled “sensitive terms.” A massive Internet review system automatically replaces such terms with the words “sensitive term,” making it sometimes impossible to post certain phrases. For example, it would likely be impossible to say, “China’s economy has grown by 6.4 percent.”

When Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) chatted with Internet users during an interview on the Chinese government’s official Web site and the Xinhua news agency’s Web site on Feb. 27, he said: “Only in a democracy is political order guaranteed even if there is a leadership change.”

On some Web sites, this was changed to “only in a sensitive term is political order guaranteed even if there is a leadership change.”

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