Ministry of Truth: Real Estate Fraud Cover-Up
“Journalist Liu Hu” (@记者刘虎) posted this image of a propaganda directive on Weibo today:
“Boss, there’s public sentiment on Weibo. What should we do?” “Figure out a way to wipe it out as soon as possible!” [mentioned: Shaanxi Metropolitan Express newspaper and an individual Weibo user]
Approved County Party Office Public Sentiment Checklist
Serial No.: 2013055
Source: Tencent Weibo (sender: Yigen)
http://t.qq.com/zhouyigen09010 [This user no longer exists.]
Date: May 7, 2013 at 11:29 p.m.
Summary: Report on Suspected Financial Fraud of Real Estate Developer in Meilinwan, Mei County
Approved Recommendations from the Office Director:
Propaganda Department Section Head Liu, Director Zhong, and Publicity Office Director Wang Qiwei are asked to review these recommendations. Those responsible for the Publicity Office are to promptly issue responses to the news, guide public opinion, and actively complete the deletion of posts.
1. Upon receipt of this notice, begin investigation immediately, and post positive guidance online within four hours;
2. Strengthen monitoring and management of related information online. Prevent the spread [of information] and creation of negative influence;
3. Within two days, have results signed by the head of your work unit, stamped with an official seal, and delivered to the joint Publicity and County Party Committee offices.
June 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. [Source]
An April 28 story on a Xinhua news aggregator [zh] reports that a family business in Mei County, Shaanxi Province has cheated over 300 investors out of 300 million RMB (48.8 million USD) since 2009. According to the article, Li Wancun’s business promised investors as much as 10% interest for real estate projects in Baoji and Meilinwan. Many of the Lis are also government officials: Li Wancun’s son Li Hongke is the deputy director of the Baoji Drug Rehabilitation Center, while his daughter Li Hongjuan has a prominent position in the Mei County Agricultural Credit Union.
The allegations are heavily censored online. Baidu returns no search results for “Mei County”+Meilinwan and Meilinwan+”300 million RMB”:
Via CDT Chinese.