Bo Xilai Removed From Office, Baidu Begins Censoring "Bo Xilai Removed."

At 11:18 am, March 15, 2012 Xinhua announced:

Zhang Dejiang has been appointed Party chief of Chongqing, replacing Bo Xilai, according to a decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee announced Thursday. Bo will no longer serve as secretary, standing committee member or member of the CPC Chongqing municipal committee.

The screenshots show Baidu search results for "Bo Xilai Removed" (薄熙来 被免职) taken ten hours apart on March 15. The left hand screenshot was taken around noon, and shows Baidu's results have no censorship notice and include results from various "Weibo" micro-blogging platforms.

The right-hand screenshot was taken around 10 pm the same day, and shows that Baidu is no longer returning Weibo results, and is displaying a notice saying "In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, some search results have not been displayed." (根据相关法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示。)

Other search engines, such as Sogou,, and Youdao, are censoring even more extensively than Baidu, and are restricting search results to about 12 websites controlled by the central government and Communist Party.
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