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Chinese Blogger Thrives as Muckraker

hackingbear (988354) writes | about a year and a half ago

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hackingbear (988354) writes "The New York Times reported the story of a Chinese blogger named Zhu Ruifeng who has become an overnight celebrity in China in the two months since he posted online secretly recorded video of an 18-year-old woman having sex with a memorably unattractive 57-year-old official from the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, causing the official, along with 10 other officials, to loss their jobs and be put under investigation. Mr. Zhu says ordinary citizens have come to rely on the Internet for retribution, even if it often amounts to mob justice. “We used to say that when you have a problem, go to the police,” he said. “Now we say when you have a problem, go to the netizens.” At the meantime, he has also become a litmus test of how committed China’s new leaders are in their battle against corruption — and whether they can tolerate populist crusaders like Mr. Zhu."
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