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...
South China tiger
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 22, 2008
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...
by Liu Yong | Sep 27, 2008
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...
by Linjun Fan | Jul 4, 2008
Thirteen Chinese government officials were sacked earlier this week in connection with a set of fabricated photos, which they had claimed to be proof of a highly endangered tiger. The punishment came nine months after members of...
by Liu Yong | Jun 29, 2008
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,...
by Liu Yong | Mar 25, 2008
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...
by Wu Nan | Mar 3, 2008
The controversy surrounding the Huanan (South China) tiger photos is finally approaching closure, since Xinhua has announced that experts failed to find any tiger. Months of field survey by experts from the State Forestry...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 27, 2008
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...
by Wu Nan | Feb 4, 2008
An update in the brouhaha over allegedly faked photos of a South China Tiger. From Xinhua Net, translated by CDT: On October 12, 2007, our office held a news conference, during which we announced that ‘Zhenping County...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 31, 2007
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 […]
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 18, 2007
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 […]
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 16, 2007
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 […]
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 15, 2007
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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