The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report calls attention to a notice posted by Sina Corp. on Monday which invited candidates to apply for the position of “monitoring editor,” a notice which drew a wealth of cynical comments from netizens about China’s censorship regime:
Monitoring Editor: 1) Handle various tasks related to information safety; 2) propose specific information safety-related requirements, oversee the implementation and analysis of data; 3) gather requirements for information safety editing, oversee implementation and guarantee implementation results. Job requirements: undergraduate degree or junior college plus three or more years of work experience; experience working as a monitoring editor. Resume.
Sina Weibo users largely mocked the ad on Monday. “Compensation: 50 Cents,” wrote one user, a reference to the amount of money government-hired online commentators are rumored to receive for every pro-government comment they post online.
“Monitoring experience a must, editing experience not necessary,” joked another.
Readers unsure if they’re cut out for the position can have a look at the comments below the job posting and see which ones jump out at them as in need of further monitoring.