Online Account of Affair Leads to Dismissal of Official

The latest casualty of a shifting tide against official power and privilege is Yi Junqing, director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, who recently lost his job over “lifestyle issues.” These issues came to light after a female researcher in his department published a 100,000 character account of their year-long affair. From the New York Times: In a season when dozens of ethically challenged Chinese officials have been felled by their lust for women, money and luxury watches, the downfall of Mr. Yi prompted a hearty round of snickering and schadenfreude, and not just because his vice minister’s rank made him one of the more senior party members to lose his job over malfeasance. “People have come to treat such news as entertainment, but that’s only because we feel so helpless,” said Zhu Ruifeng, a muckraking journalist. [...] More than a theoretician, Mr. Yi was a vocal critic of vulgarity in popular culture and an advocate for enhancing China’s soft power by selling the notion of Chinese virtue to the world. Speaking to the state news media in 2011, he said the nation should be “selecting moral models and setting positive examples” that portray China’s image in a positive light, “so the world would see the true glamour and strength of modern China.” While it was the party leadership that ultimately tossed Mr. Yi overboard, it was the Internet that sealed his fate. Over the past two months, a parade of corrupt officials have been exposed by enterprising journalists, anonymous tipsters or, in Mr. Yi’s case, jilted lovers. Ministry of Tofu has more details on the affair and the online account: Last December, a woman posted a 120,000-word diary that documented in excruciating detail her 17 sexual encounters with Yi Junqing, including dates and the names of hotels. A ...
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