China’s web censors struggle to muzzle free-spirited bloggers – Hamish McDonald
WHEN a dozen Chinese newspapers recently ran stories about a rash of sadistic cat killings in Shanghai by a perverse postgraduate student, it was another quiet triumph for a young man in Beijing called Zhao Jing. To a widening blog readership in China and abroad, Zhao is better known by the pseudonym Anti. As well as indicating an oppositionist stance in English, it also strikes a dissident note in Chinese, roughly meaning “security alternative”.
Thanks to Anti’s persistent writings on his blog, the activities of the Shanghai serial cat mutilator got into China’s mainstream media, and this was far from a unique example.