It is the first time the Chinese Blogger Conference had been cancelled since it began six years ago, said Zhou Shuguang, who had booked the venue at the Shanghai Jiaotong University for the meeting this weekend.
Organisers were told by university officials on Friday afternoon that the Shanghai government had decided “the content of the meeting was sensitive” and could not be held at the proposed venue, Zhou, who is also a blogger, told AFP.
A “back-up venue” at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics was also cancelled, Zhou said.
AFP calls to the universities were not answered and Shanghai government officials said they were not aware of the conference.
The cancellation comes after a Chinese woman was jailed to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a Twitter posting mocking anti-Japanese protesters and suggesting they attack the Japanese pavilion at Shanghai’s World Expo.
Read CDT’s coverage of the past five Blogger Conferences.
“River Crab Dance” by bloggers who planned to attend this year’s conference.