China bans letter N online to suppress criticism of Xi Jinping
CHINA’S government has temporarily imposed a ban on the letter “N” being published online after authorities thought that dissident voices were reusing the character to express their dissatisfaction over President Xi Jinping’s decision to amend the Chinese constitution. Xi has proposed changes to the Chinese constitution to remove any limits to the numbers of terms he may serve as the leader – from the present two-term limit. Critics voicing concerns on Weibo and WeChat quickly came up against the country’s censorship algorithms, with the letter N banned alongside terms like “lifelong”, “disagreement”, and “emigrate”. SEE ALSO: ‘We’ll have to give that a shot’: Trump praises Xi as president for life Xi Jinping and Barack Obama were compared to Winnie the Pooh and Tigger during the Chinese President’s 2013 visit to the US. Source: @vinayak_jain/Twitter SEE ALSO: Liu Xiaobo’s death provides terrifying insight into China’s censorship machine In an editorial on...
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