China has had a fascinating response a recent scandal, banning all web searches for “Shawkshank Redemption”, the 1994 prison-break film starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman (which based on a Stephen King novella).
AFP reports that the move is a reaction to the Chen Guangcheng escape, which looks set to spark a diplomatic incident with the US.
Chen’s escape has drawn comparisons to the movie, with reports that he had to make his way through 8 security checkpoints, and had spent months lying in bed all day make his guards suspect he is lying in bed all day.
Searches for “Shawshank”, “blind person”, and “embassy” are all blocked on Sina Weibo, AFP reports.
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