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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Quickest way to get corrupt officials to change is threat of trial by microblog

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by DAN HOUGH

    ... Dan Hough says nothing prompts change as quickly as the threat of imposed accountability From his speech at the 18th national party congress last month, it was clear that, for outgoing President Hu Jintao, fighting corruption was a priority. President-to- ...

  2. Lawmaker's microblog muzzled

    Posted Jun 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com A lawmaker's microblog, with posts encouraging participation in the July 1 rally, was shut down yesterday as the authorities tightened internet ... into democracy activist Li Wangyang's death. Civic Party lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said she was restricted from accessing her microblog after posting messages about the July 1 rally and Li's ...

  3. A new Orwellian euphemism for stifling online dissent

    Posted Oct 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Security' is a suitably Orwellian euphemism that expresses the party's fear of microblogs, in particular Weibo, the mainland's version of Twitter. Comments appearing on it are often ... officials, the 200-million-plus Weibo users are mostly unimpressed by their leaders. Worse, microblogs are now so omnipresent that even the tame traditional media have been forced to pick up ...

  4. News - China Insider - Hu Jintao

    Social media records rare public appearance of former president Hu Jintao

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:54pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... in a car convoy in photos shared by a photographer from the Anhui Daily on his private microblog. The retired leader was walking through an historic street in the city centre of Huangshan, ... disappeared from the microblog, but were picked up by commercial media outlets. Comments on the photos were blocked by Sina. On Friday, more photos emerged of Hu visiting the ancestral home with his ...

  5. Ruffling feathers

    Posted Apr 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of microblogs as tools for dissent. Sina Weibo, launched in 2009, has more than 250 million users. Wang Chen, the director of the State Council Information Office, admits the medium has the ability ... the high-profile downfall of top cadre Bo Xilai. Microblogs are censored but canny users have come up with imaginative ways to get around the firewall. While the keyword 'Bo Xilai', or BXL, ...

  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Hu Jintao makes surprise visit to his hometown of Taizhou

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... not prevent residents from expressing their surprise at the presidential visit on microblogs. "Oh my God! Old Hu is really coming home!" one Tencent user wrote, using a term of endearment ...

  7. News - China - POLITICS

    Beijing Daily publisher demoted over controversial editorials

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... to a hospital in Beijing. Then, on May 14, in a move that attracted much ridicule from internet users, Beijing Daily demanded on its Sina Weibo microblog that Locke disclose his personal assets, after re-posting a microblog entry by a Beijing-based user who described Locke's behaviour as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Mei, as head of the newspaper, was believed to have been behind ...

  8. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    Bloggers ridicule congress delegates' sycophantic speeches

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng, Mimi Lau

    ... by the delegates' remarks and instead questioned whether their tears were sincere. One microblog post said Li appeared to be trying to further her political career, one tear at a time. Another said: ...

  9. Jiang has censors doing river dance

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... former president, had died. According to numerous reports, users of Sina.com's Weibo microblogging platform got 'cannot be displayed' messages when they searched for the Chinese ...

  10. News - China - GREEN MATTERS

    Eco-warrior Liu Futang bears brunt of indifference

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Feng Yongfeng, founder of the Green Beagle environmental group, he often talked about the dangers of antagonising local authorities, but he refused to back down. In a Sina microblog post he ...




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