Post on media flag fakery removed from Weibo

The following post by Chinese poet “The Wastrel Doesn’t Turn Back” (浪子不回头) about the photoshopping yesterday of a Taiwanese flag in an iconic image of activists reaching the disputed Diaoyu Islands, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 10:01pm yesterday, August 16, 2012. “The Wastrel Doesn’t Turn Back” currently has just under 16,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

The post includes an image juxtaposing the full picture of activists from Hong Kong landing on the Diaoyu Islands, with a man at center bearing a Taiwanese flag, with a Photoshopped picture run in a Chinese newspaper.

The post from “The Wastrel Doesn’t Turn Back” follows:

Media openly engaging in fakery! What kind of country is this?! Ah!

The following is the original Chinese post:

媒体公然造假!这是一个什么样的国度?!呸!

NOTE: All posts to The Anti-Social List are listed as “permission denied” in the Sina Weibo API, which means they were deleted by Weibo managers, not by users themselves.

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