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Ministry of Truth: Search Engines, Sex Scandals

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry...

An Interview with Zeng Jinyan

At The China Story, Elisa Nesossi talks to Zeng Jinyan about activism, human rights, filmmaking and blogging. Zeng highlights the underappreciated contributions and sacrifices of female activists and family members, as well as...

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...

Drawing the News: Tigers and Flies

In this week’s edition of Drawing the News, Chinese political cartoonists take on the country’s longest-serving rubber stamper, Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, and the ongoing Chongqing sex scandal.

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...

Pinocchio with Chinese Characteristics

In this week’s Drawing the News, online cartoonists ring the alarm bell on new Internet regulations, corrupt officials go fishing, and marionettes take on Chinese characteristics. New Internet regulations, announced by state...

Corrupt Officials Draw Unusual Publicity

In the wake of several recent corruption and sex scandals, a new round of the anti-corruption game has been launched. From Andrew Jacobs at The New York Times: “The anticorruption storm has begun,” People’s Daily, the party...

What to Make of China’s Sex Scandal Surge?

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reflects on the series of sex scandals involving Chinese government officials that have emerged over the past few weeks: I wrote, not long ago, about the odd political significance of an orgy...

Drawing the News: Aircraft Carrier Style

The launch of China’s J-15 fighter jet from its new aircraft carrier has sparked an Internet sensation. The self-assured hand signal of the flight deck crew members has been mimicked all over the Chinternet and is now dubbed...

Chongqing Sex Scandal May Implicate Wang Lijun

A scandal involving a sex tape made by a local Chongqing official, Lei Zhengfu, and an allegedly 18-year-old woman has been a hot topic on Sina Weibo in recent days. From BBC: Screenshots purporting to be from video of Lei...

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