Online searches of Mr. Chen’s name also are being blocked inside China, including on the popular Twitter-like service called Weibo. Variations on his initials and the name of his prefecture are also off-limits, along with the words “blind lawyer,” “embassy,” “U.S. embassy” and “consulate.”
Banned searches turn up this message: “According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, these search results cannot be shown.”
“Nearly all possible searches have been blocked, and even the Chinese word for ‘blind person,’ or mang’ren (盲人),” writes David Bandurski of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong.