Minitrue: Alibaba and the ‘Red Second Generation’
The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
As Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing for an upcoming New York IPO, the New York Times’ Michael Forsythe recently reported on shareholding companies’ family ties to top Party leadership, a situation creating an opportunity to profit for some princelings and members of the “red second generation.” The Times also ran a Chinese-language version of the story. Earlier this week, search terms related to Alibaba’s political ties became sensitive words on Weibo.
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