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China Censors Winnie The Pooh From Online Searches

He is a beloved fictional bear described as having 'very little brain' who lives on a die...

China Censors Winnie The Pooh From OnlineSearches After Photo Emerges Of President Xi Jinping That Makes Him Look Like

He is a beloved fictional bear described as having 'very little brain' who lives on a diet of honey and is best friends with a piglet.

But when a trivial comparison was made between China's President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh, the country's strict censorship laws swung into action.

A picture of Xi Jinping walking with Barack Obama at a California summit was published on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

China Censors Winnie The Pooh From OnlineSearches After Photo Emerges Of President Xi Jinping That Makes Him Look Like

It was placed next to an illustrated image of Winnie the Pooh and his pal Tigger, who have been drawn in a similar pose to the politicians.

Comments that were posted on the blog were removed and the picture was deleted by website monitors.

Despite being removed form the site, the images went viral, with critics saying over-zealous censors had misread the frivolous comparison.

Th Daily Telegraph reports that Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said censors had 'nipped in the bud what could have been a positive PR campaign tailor-made for President Xi Jinping.' 
China Censors Winnie The Pooh From OnlineSearches After Photo Emerges Of President Xi Jinping That Makes Him Look Like

The Communist Party's censors are known for interfering with even the most minor of government

criticism on social networking sites.

Perhaps they agreed with Tigger's catchphrase, 'The wonderful thing about Tigger is I'm the only one'.

The blogger, called Nicaragua Rabbit posted the two pictures on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, on Tuesday.

According to WantChinaTimes, Nicaragua Rabbit posted the censor's message response: 'the post is inappropriate to be published'.

The blogger wrote, 'Little secretary (webmaster) is stingy and lacks of sense of humor'

But, according to the Daily Telegraph, a recent Harvard study showed that posts 'with negative, even vitriolic, criticism of the state, its leaders, and its policies are not more likely to be censored' than other posts.

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