Challenging China: Ren Zhiqiang
As part of a series profiling wealthy businesspeople who are pushing for social or political reform in China, the Wall Street Journal provides a video portrait of real estate tycoon and outspoken blogger Ren Zhiqiang:
Ren, a “Big V” with over 35 million followers on Sina Weibo, had his accounts forced offline in February after speaking out against CCP control over the media, insisting that media should serve the public before the Party. Ren was subsequently put on a one-year probation from the Party and attacked in the official media. Following several months out of the spotlight, Ren reemerged with a somewhat toned-down message at a forum on environmentally friendly enterprises in June.