What the Chinese can and cannot read about Ai Weiwei's arrest

The world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested today. Here's a quick overview of what Chinese people can read about what happened, from behind the Great Firewall.

Basically, it comes down to language. English-speaking people can both search for his name and read the story on big news websites as well as check up on the background on Wikipedia.

In Chinese, it's much more sensitive. 艾未未, his name written in Chinese, is not (yet?) a blocked search, but researchers are prevented from accessing both his blog, the Wikipedia article in Chinese and news websites in the same language.

Increasing numbers of Chinese people use VPN's to get around the GFW. The majority of netizens in China who don't read in English and don't have a VPN are mostly limited to what the government wants to say about the story though. In this case, it seems to come down to complete silence.

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