Amid fallout from decision to abolish presidencial term limits, censors are cracking down on letters and Orwell phrases.

Feb 28, 2018

(Daily Beast) – You can’t spell dissent without an N—and that was literally the case in China, which temporarily banned the letter from internet searches in a mysterious move to squash complaints about President Xi. Examples of dissent have been spotted on Chinese social media since the announcement that Beijing will drop presidential term limits, meaning that Xi Jinping could rule indefinitely. According to a list published by the China Digital Times, there’s been a crackdown on certain words, phrases, and letters on Chinese social-media searches including the letter N, references to George Orwell’s novel 1984, and mentions of the friendly cartoon bear who Xi has previously and unflatteringly been compared to: Winnie-the-Pooh.