What do you do when authorities block your blog? You move it.
That's what Wang Yi did. Wang Yi, as I mentioned in Typing as a radical act, is a Chinese lawyer and intellectual whose blog was blocked by local Chinese authorities when he blogged about political reform. As a result, the BOBs jury was unable to consider his blog for an award.
Now my BOBs jury colleague Zhao Jing, a.k.a. Michael Anti, writes me via email that Wang Yi is blogging again. Yi's Chinese-language blog includes this graphic to the left, in which the piano player, looking a lot like a typist, wears a bulls-eye under the headline "Shoot the Piano Player!" Kudos to Wang for a wry and beautifully subtle graphic homage to shooting the messenger.
Here's an excerpt from Michael Anti's email, provided with his permission:
"After his blog was shutdown, Wang Yi changed the name of his another blog (http://zhivago.blogchina.com/) to "Wang Yi's Microphone Version 2: the Beauty Surprised the Communist Party Center". He explains the name of his blog:
"From then on, a microphone comes always with a bug, and the bug comes with a microphone. The internet is the microphone plus the bug. Who robbed my microphone? Never mind, I have also my own throat. Please contact me at wwy73-at-hotmail.com."
On Nov 14, Wang Yi posted on his blog an essay, entitled "Updated news about Bush's Visit in China: Jail and Church", which was quickly deleted by BSP webmaster. He then left the content blank, and blamed the BSP, "This blog was deleted again. I only wanted to say something about a precondition of his visit and a proposal. Americans can publicly order their requirement but Chinese can only listen on the sneak. The guy who deleted my blog is American's running dog. Such a bully!"