Winnie the Pooh reportedly censored by Chinese officials

Winnie the Pooh reportedly censored by Chinese officials

Therefore, all such memes on social networking site Sina Weibo and instant messaging app WeChat were deleted.

Oh, bother - count Winnie the Pooh among the images prohibited online in China, presumably because A.A. Milne's portly, reliable friend is being compared to President Xi Jinping.

No official explanation was given for the censorship of the bear. On attempting to post the Chinese characters for Winnie's name on Weibo over the weekend, it returned with the message "content is illegal".

"Historically, two things have not been allowed: political organising and political action".

What could be more innocent than a talking stuffed bear?

"I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend", he added.

China's ruling Communist Party is highly sensitive to comical depictions of its leader. That's because China's premier, Xi Jingping, has been unflatteringly compared to the short, tubby bear in the past, said observers.

It was named "most censored image of 2015" by Global Risk Insights, a political consultancy. As did images of Winnie popping his head out of his car - after the president popped his head similarly through the roof of his limousine during an inspection of troops.

Apart from the onset of Pooh Bear comparisons with President Xi in 2013, the jokes continued the following year. On Weibo, a Twitterlike site, it was still possible on Monday to write posts and upload images related to Winnie-the-Pooh. Who was cartooned as Eeyore, the sad donkey and alongside the bear.

Luigi Carbone, who was studying pre-eclampsia detection in pregnant women, was taking advantage of a heatwave to work in the sunshine, posting a picture of his laptop on Facebook to show that he was outside, reported the Daily Mirror.