This Week on CDT, February 14, 2014

Three Directives from the Ministry of Truth warn media outlets to cool coverage of stories related to unhealthy Beijing pollution, China’s low performance in press freedom rankings, and the recent New Year’s Gala attended by the rich and politically-powerful.

Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Shang Fulin may be the latest “tiger” caught in president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown. Censors are at work keeping online rumors out of sight, but in this week’s Sensitive Words segment, CDT compiles a list of  blocked Weibo terms, like this damning query: +extremely corrupt (尚福林+巨贪)

Read the CDT Bookshelf interview with writer/photographer Tom Carter and this week’s Netizen’s Voices segment together; both Mr. Carter and China’s online users remark on the sex-trade in China.

Finally, in this week’s Word of the Week, CDT revisits the scandal of former Microsoft China president, Tang Jun who fudged his résumé, was undone by microbloggers, and in the process, made himself into the butt of a joke. 

February 14, 2014 9:58 PM
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