South China tiger

Chinese Farmer Imprisoned for Fake Tiger Photos

Reuters reports that the farmer behind the Southern China Tiger photo scandal has been put in jail: The photos by Zhou Zhenglong, a 54-year-old farmer from mountainous Zhenping county in northern Shaanxi province, raised hopes...

Saga of Fake Tiger Photos Rears Head Again in China

The Southern Tiger photo scandal is still ongoing, over a year after the photos were initially contested. Reuters reports: The pictures, which showed a tiger crouching in a forest setting, sparked an Internet furore led by...

China Farmer Sentenced For Faked Rare Tiger Photos

From AP: A Chinese farmer who claimed to have taken photos of a rare tiger was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Saturday for faking the pictures, a court official and state media said. Zhou Zhenglong was tried for...

Flap Over Fake Tiger Pix Shows Divide in China

AP sums up the controversy over the faked South China Tiger photos: China’s fiercely vocal online community latched on to Zhou’s photo evidence, hyper-analyzing it and exposing it as a paper tiger — an old poster...

China Admits Controversial Tiger Photos Faked

From Reuters: China has sacked a number of government officials and arrested a man in connection with a set of fake photographs that local authorities had said was proof of the existence of a highly endangered tiger. In October,...

Citizen Hao Verses the Tiger: A Quest for Truth  

From The Economic Observer Online: Citizen Hao Jinsong: Thanks for your concern and support for our work. Notice is hereby given that the “South China tiger photograph” issue has entered the investigatory phase, and...

South China Tiger Snapper Held On Mystery Charge

From China Daily: Zhou Zhenglong, the Shaanxi farmer involved in the South China Tiger photograph controversy, has been detained by police for possessing prohibited items at home. Chengdu Commercial Daily quoted an unnamed...

Video Of “Wild” China Tiger Reported To Be Faked

From Reuters: A Chinese TV journalist faces prosecution after he sought to pass off video footage of a circus tiger as evidence that a wild tiger lived in a forest park in southern China, local media reported on Tuesday. It...

For China’s Web Portals, Controversy Sells

The Wall Street Journal looks at the role of China’s web portals in the recent spate of Internet scandals: Take the scandal known in China as “Tigergate.” In the fall, a farmer in China’s Shaanxi province...

Internet Exposure Shifts Balance of Power

Xinhua says that the recent scandals over forged photos of the South China Tiger and the extracurricular activities of Hong Kong celebrities show us the power of the Internet in helping netizens get their voices heard: From fake...

Netizen Party Announced

It’s happened at last. From John Kennedy at Global Voices: From forcing the rescue of hundreds of brick kiln slave laborers last year and seeing it through long after local bodies gave up to being analytical piranhas when...

Footprints, Skeleton Provide New Evidence of South China Tiger Existence – Xinhua

Newly discovered footprints and a recently uncovered skeleton are the latest developments in the South China Tiger story. From Xinhua: State Forestry Administration investigators found more than 100 suspected footprints of a South China tiger on Friday in Shaanxi Province, where photos of the big cat taken by a farmer have caused a national controversy […]

Wang Dan on “Tiger, Ants and Chang’e” – C.A. Yeung

From Under the Jacaranda Tree blog: Wang Dan, a Chinese dissident and student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, has published an article at the Independent Chinese Pen Centre in which he discusses the political implications of the Tigergate Incident, the Yilishen Scandal and the Chang’e Moon Photograph Saga. … The following is my […]

National Authorities Order Reevaluation of Tiger Photos

With Chinese netizens and the media left to fester for more then two months as Shaanxi Forestry Bureau officials continued to insist on the authenticity of a series of apparently fake photos of the functionally extinct South China Tiger, the national State Forestry Administration (SFA) has now finally stopped deflecting questions from the public. On […]

“The Truth is More Endangered than Tigers in China”

The “South China Tiger” [华南虎]saga continues. Now known as “Tigergate” among Chinese netizens, this event will no doubt be one of the top media/internet stories of 2007. On December 2nd, NetEase (one of...

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