Frank Ching: Are We Witnessing A Slightly Freer Press In China?

From Globe and Mail:

Strange things are happening in the Chinese media.

Articles that one would expect to be censored have appeared in the establishment press, exposing the possibly illegal behaviour of Communist Party officials.

For instance, the Beijing News, a state-owned newspaper, recently ran a story accusing officials in Xintai township in Shandong province of incarcerating in a psychiatric institution people with grievances against the local authorities who wanted to petition the central government in Beijing.

It is a time-honoured practice for Chinese with grievances to petition higher levels of authority if they cannot obtain satisfaction in their locality. The capital, with organizations such as the State Bureau of Letters and Calls, is the ultimate destination of aggrieved people across the country.

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