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China clamps down on talk of Liu Xiaobo

Banned terms on social media grow as mourners slip through cracks

People in Hong Kong mourn Liu Xiaobo's death at the traditional seventh day of passing ceremony on July 19. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities have tightened censorship of social media messages about pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo and his death last week in what is seen as a bid to keep dissent in check ahead of a major leadership reshuffle this fall.

Searching for Liu's name on the popular WeChat microblogging service still brings up a message that the results cannot be displayed. "RIP," short for "rest in peace," joined the blacklist after his death.

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