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Heat Wave Miraculously Revives Fake Beating Victim

An attempt to capitalize on widespread outrage at chengguan urban management staff was foiled by the continuing heat wave on Saturday, when a supposedly dead "beating victim" had to get up for a drink of water. From Xinhua: The...

Threat of Blackmail Hangs Over Chinese Officials

Dan Levin and Amy Chin of The New York Times report that Xi Jinping's anti-corruption efforts have left a number of government officials prone to extortion schemes: Now, in addition to looking over their shoulders for antigraft...

Stop Photoshopping Us Into Porn, Ask Officials

Chinese citizens have been accused of Photoshopping the likeness of business and government officials into pornographic photographs to be used for blackmail. Shanghai Daily reported that as of March 18, eight had been arrested...

Sex Tape Blogger Zhu Ruifeng Thrives as Muckraker

The New York Times' Andrew Jacobs profiles anti-corruption blogger Zhu Ruifeng, whose publication of a sex tape last November brought down 11 Chongqing officials and exposed the extortion ring that had ensnared them. With his...

Chongqing Police Pressure Sex Video Whistleblower

The blogger who released a sex video that brought down Chongqing official Lei Zhengfu last year has refused to hand over footage of other officials despite threats of prison time for withholding evidence. Following a late-night...

Rural People “Blackmail” the Government

ChinaGeeks translates a post by Wan Xiaodao: The Cangzhou, Hebei peasant Chen Tongmei repeatedly traveled to the capital to seek an audience with higher-ups [to report grievances against the local Hebei government]. After...

Fake journalists ‘extorting money from wrongdoers’

In what is perhaps a backhanded compliment to the growing power of the investigative media in Chinese society, illegal organizations are hiring people to pose as journalists and extort money from people involved in corruption or other illegal trades, according to a report in the Straits Times: “Oriental Outlook said that these illegal media groups […]

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