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Exposure via internet now China’s top weapon in war on graft

SCMP: “The internet has become the primary tool for exposing corruption on the mainland, “removing a corrupt official with the click of a mouse”, according to a leading think tank’s analysis.


In its Blue Book of New Media, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said that 156 corruption cases between 2010 and last year were first brought to light online – compared with 78 cases to resulting from reports in traditional media.

Forty-four cases involving disciplinary violations were first exposed in some form online, while 29 cases followed print and broadcast stories. Sixteen cases citing abuses of power were exposed online; 10 were revealed in traditional media.

Among the latest officials to fall from grace thanks to online revelations was Liu Tienan , a former deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Liu was sacked in mid-May, more than five months after an editor of the influential Caijing magazine used his microblog account to expose allegations against him.

The report said revelations online, and the rise in interest in public affairs the internet had engendered, were the main reasons more people were participating in anti-corruption efforts.

However, the report cautioned that such efforts still had a long way to go. Only five officials of above departmental rank were brought down via online exposures last year – just a fraction of the 950 officials of that level who were probed for crimes.

The mainland had 564 million internet users at the end of last year, including 309 million microbloggers, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre. The Blue Book said the online community would likely exceed 600 million this year.

The new-media boom has posed an unprecedented challenge to Communist Party rulers, experts warned, due to the easy spread of information, including rumours. The report blamed the online rumour mill on governments’ declining credibility and growing concern on the part of the public.”

via Exposure via internet now China’s top weapon in war on graft | South China Morning Post.

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* Foshan driver jailed in toddler hit-and-run case

BBC News: “A man who knocked down a toddler in a hit-and-run case that caused outrage in China has been jailed for three-and-a-half years, state media say.

Hu Jun hit two-year-old Wang Yue on 13 October last year in the southern city of Foshan and drove off.

Security camera footage showed 18 pedestrians and cyclists failing to stop as they passed the little girl lying in the road.

A woman finally came to her aid but the girl died in hospital a few days later.

The report, by Xinhua news agency, said Hu was convicted of “involuntary homicide” by a Foshan court.

He thought he had hit something but did not stop to check, the agency said, citing a court statement.

He received a lenient sentence because he surrendered himself to police and paid part of the toddler’s medical expenses, it said.

The accident prompted a public outcry about morality in the country and a discussion about why those who passed by did not stop to help.

The rubbish collector who did help the little girl, Chen Xianmei, was later named a “national role model”.

The BBC’s John Sudworth in Shanghai says a spate of cases in which injured people sued their rescuers is said to have led to people in China being too frightened to intervene.

But some commentators wonder whether China’s rapid development and urbanisation has undermined old moral certainties, suggesting that new legislation is, at best, only part of the solution, he adds.”

via BBC News – Foshan driver jailed in toddler hit-and-run case.

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