China bans Winnie the Pooh

17 July, 2017, 18:18 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Winnie The Pooh 'censored online in China following comparisons to President Xi Jinping'

Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China's censors?

The FT report said posts with the Chinese name of the portly character were censored on China's Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo.

The removals come as the Chinese Government steps up its clamp-down on politically-sensitive online material ahead of the Communist Party's 19th Party Congress.

Currently, attempts to write "Winnie the Pooh" in China's famous social network Weibo end up with a pop-up warning "illegal content".

It's also claimed that GIFs featuring the Hundred Acre Wood bear have also been removed from WeChat, a messaging service used by 889 million people in the country.

According to Straits Times, posts with the image and Chinese characters of the cartoon characters are still available on Weibo on Monday, July 17.

Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University told the Financial Times that "the Winnie issue is part of a trend".

"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organising and political action".

The first comparison between the chubby bear and the leader of the world's second economic power arose in 2013 after the internet was invaded by an image of Xi Jinping and former US President Barack Obama over a drawing that portrayed Winnie the Pooh in the company of his friend Tigger.

A similar comparison was made with Xi as Pooh and Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe as Eeyore, the sad donkey.

A photo of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade auto, next to a picture of Winnie the Pooh in a toy vehicle, was named the "most censored image of 2015" by political consultancy Global Risk Insights.

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