Bo Xilai in Cuffs: Political Photo Wins Prize, Then Gets Censored

A photo of Bo Xilai in handcuffs that won a press prize got censored on Sina Weibo. (image: HKU)
A photo of Bo Xilai in handcuffs that won a press prize got censored on Sina Weibo. (image: HKU)

This photo of fallen politician Bo Xilai at his corruption trial just got second place in the National News Award, China‘s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize.

But when bloggers shared the image online, the Internet police soon purged it from Sina Weibo.

Here’s what the censored comments said:

“Even in handcuffs, a photo of former top official Bo Xilai can receive an award?! See, that’s what we call a real talent, a hero in the eyes of the people!

“How should renegade high officials take this? How should reactionary police take it? How should gangsters take it?

“According to the award committee, the photo showed rich detail, felt authentic, gave a real view of the trial day, and portrayed the solemn ambience of the court… However, its biggest message was that:

Officials are never seen in prison clothes in court, while commoners are never allowed to dress in casual clothes for trials.

Note that the photographers’ names weren’t announced with the press prizes, and foreign media aren’t permitted to publish them!

Research by Cecilia

The prize-winning photo of disgraced official Bo Xilai at his corruption trial. (HKU)

The prize-winning photo of disgraced official Bo Xilai at his corruption trial. (HKU)

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