In the latest bout of oddness to come over the Chinese Internet’s notoriously strict censorship, searches for terms related to live organ harvesting have recently been unblocked on several major Internet portals.
Specifically, the terms “live harvest,” “bloody harvest” and “Wang Lijun live harvest” were all recently permitted searches on Sina Weibo, the most popular microblogging platform, and Baidu, the most popular search engine. Some of the terms were still searchable as of the evening of March 25 10 p.m. EDT.
These words are regularly associated with the removal of organs from living prisoners of conscience—most notably practitioners of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that has been persecuted in the mainland since 1999, under the orders of former regime leader Jiang Zemin. Since 1999 Chinese state media has often spread virulent propaganda on the topic, while all other nonofficially sanctioned perspectives have been strictly controlled.