Is It a Bird, Is It a Dog? No, It’s Censored Today

This photo of a dog with an eagle's head was censored on Weibo. (HKU)
This photo of a dog with an eagle's head was censored on Weibo. (HKU)

This strange-looking creature is being blocked on Sina Weibo, mainland China’s popular blogging platform, because it represents freedom of speech.

The censored caption said:

“The right of freedom of speech is natural like nature. Freedom of speech can only dawn when media or some online chat tools are seen crazily roaming the streets like zombies. Until the fast and free spread of news has arrived, freedom of speech is yet to come.”

I’m not a Chinese censor but I think they felt threatened by this one because the eagle’s head represents democracy, like in the United States, and the dog means it would be running all over the streets like the caption says. Must be a scary job trying to maintain the Great Firewall!

Research by Cecilia

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