Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon: Digital Disobedience

The following term comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to...

Dirty Business for China’s Internet Scrubbers

A recent Southern People Weekly article translated by CDT revealed the world of official espionage in China: officials bugging rivals to gather ammunition, and allies to assess their loyalty. A report at Caixin describes another...

Whistleblowing Retired Official Dies in Custody

A retired official in Hunan was cast into the Party’s notorious shuanggui disciplinary system in August after accusing his successor of embezzling public funds. A month later, Wang Zhongping was dead, and his family...

Alleged AP Hacking Could Discourage Whistleblowers

Suggestions that Associated Press offices were compromised by hackers in Operation Shady Rat have prompted fears that potentially vulnerable sources may be deterred from coming forward in future. From the South China Morning...

Jailed in Shanxi Whistling in the Dark

Wu Dongqiang, a county education director, was arrested after texting anonymous reports on his superior’s questionable ethics. Caixin reports on his story, and the politics of whistleblowing in China: Wu Dongqiang wanted...

Dark Days for China’s Whistleblowers

At a clean governance conference yesterday, Wen Jiabao emphasized the government’s stance against corruption. From Xinhua: Wen said any construction of new government buildings, training centers and government hotels were...




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