Official media has reported that18 people have turned themselves in for their connection to violence in Xinjiang in which close to 100 people were reported killed. But the official account – like the account of the violence itself - has been contested by Uyghur rights groups abroad. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Water Cube Fountains, Beijing by Fabio Achilli
One of Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber ducks sat in Hong Kong’s harbor last year, inspiring knock-offs in China. Taking inspiration from the big bird, a 72-foot inflatable yellow toad arrived in Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park over the weekend. The toad’s creator, Guo Yongyao, meant to invoke the traditional symbolism of the “wealth-drawing golden toad” (招财金蟾). But the toad invokes something else for Chinese netizens: former president Jiang Zemin.
As soon as the connection was made, Xinhua and Sina deleted their stories about the giant toad. Related keywords do not seem to have been blocked on Weibo search, but a number of posts about the toad have been filtered, as FreeWeibo has documented.
Jiang Zemin is often called “The Toad” for his resemblance to the broad-faced amphibian. But even posts that make no reference to Jiang are being blocked.
Read more about this “toad story” at China Digital Times.
Chinese journalists must now sign a secrecy agreement in order to obtain a press pass. Rumors fly online about military singer Song Zuying. Howard French talks about China in Africa and his new book China’s Second Continent. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Chinese Hard Candies by See-ming Lee (taken in Beijing)
In today’s news, more on CCTV host Rui Chenggang, detained on graft allegations just hours before his weekly show last Friday; Tibetan activist Woeser describes her house arrest last week; Hong Kong Catholic bishops endorse civil disobedience. This and more from China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Like in a miyazaki movie by Delfo (taken in Beijing)
Popular CCTV news anchor Rui Chenggang was detained last Friday, but the media have been ordered to downplay the news, according to a leaked propaganda directive obtained by China Digital Times. This and more China news on our homepage.
Photo of the Day: Human road by Tagosaku (taken at the Great Wall outside Beijing)