CCTV Anchorwoman: Program On Corrupt Mayor Censored – Yulun Jiandu

From Yulun Jiandu (link), translated by CDT:

Li Xinde, citizen journalist who runs the web site Yulun Jiandu, a corruption whistle blower, prides himself on being the first to expose corruption of Jining vice mayor, Li Xin, of Shandong Province in the summer of 2004. See also Southern Weekend’s “The Vice Mayor Who Knelt To Plead.”


Chai Jing, a CCTV anchorwoman of a popular investigative TV program News Probe, wrote an article about her interview with the woman who was involved with the Li Xin case, and the subsequent shelving of a program that was labeled orange and not aired.

Chai met Li Yuchun, the woman who helped the vice mayor in his money laundering operation in Shanghai, in 2003 in a Shanghai hotel. Her hatred was chiseled onto her face, Chai writes about Li’s sentiment toward Li Xin, the vice mayor who was taken down for taking bribes and misusing public funds in million of yuan. Mr. Li later coaxed Ms. Li, a business woman, into a secretive money laundering operation through Ms. Li’s business in Shanghai. When Ms. Li wanted to pull out, Mr. Li threatened to persecute her through local police.

When Ms. Li realized that the CCTV program couldn’t help, due to the censored programming, she resorted to Li Xinde, the corruption-digging citizen journalist, who ran an in-depth story on his web site, soon after which the vice mayor was arrested.

The corrupt official was famous for kneeling down in front of Ms. Li’s brother to plead for her to give up exposing his corruption. Mr. Li, however, was rounded up by police sent over to Shanghai from Shandong by Mr. Li and beaten for refusing to cooperate.

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