A New Voice For China’s News

From The Daily Tar Heel:

In an effort to circumvent the sanctions on Chinese journalists, a Durham man, Weican “Watson” Meng, runs a massively popular site for news about China, supported by contributions from average citizens, many of whom conceal their identities for protection.

Restrictions placed on Chinese media outlets by the Chinese government censor a wide range of topics, and put journalists at risk of losing their jobs or being incarcerated.

In 2000, Meng, 42, started the site, called Boxun.com, (pronounced “bow shwin”), which includes coverage of top news, entertainment, finance and travel stories and by Meng’s count gets 500,000 daily views.

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