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Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:24

China censors rumours of Jiang Zemin's death

Written by Nick Farell


Because that will stop rumours
Chinese censors are killing posts with references to rivers, laundry amid rumours that Jiang Zemin, who led the country before president Hu Jintao took over, is dead or seriously ill.

The rumours appear to have started when the 84-year-old failed to show up at the 90th anniversary of the Communist party on Friday. To get around the censorship bloggers were using shorter forms to sneak past the censors. “Jiang" which means river was used until that was banned.

Censors also began to remove one of the cheekiest references to Jiang: an empty set of clothes hanging up, with the trousers high up. Some internet users began posting about a leader called "River", using the English word. What is strange is that Jiang's death would be unlikely to cause major ripples as he is not involved in the day to day running of the government any more.

Two Hong Kong television stations have reported that Jiang has died, citing unidentified sources.

Nick Farell

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-2 #1 Boomstick777 2011-07-07 13:53
What is it with the Chinese and their secrecy?

Got to be honest, I don't like the censorship and sneakiness of the Chinese government. Its kind of weird?

Haven't forgotton Pearl Harbour either, oh wait that was the Japanese? Ah well there all sneaky :-D
 
 
+7 #2 Alterecho 2011-07-07 14:17
Quoting Boomstick777:
What is it with the Chinese and
Haven't forgotton Pearl Harbour either, oh wait that was the Japanese? Ah well there all sneaky :-D


The japanese thought they attacked Russia but later realized it was USA. They got confused because of the looks.
 
 
+2 #3 Decembermouse 2011-07-07 14:43
First time I read this for some reason my just-awake mind saw "seriously dead or ill"
 

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