Chinese bloggers help expose more corruption: reports


Fri, Oct 12, 2012 - Page 6

Chinese officials have launched a probe after microbloggers said they had uncovered another allegedly corrupt leader who owns millions of dollars worth of property, state press said yesterday.

Guangzhou will investigate urban management official Cai Bin (蔡彬), 56, who has 21 homes valued at 40 million yuan (US$6.4 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Cai, who earns about 10,000 yuan a month, failed to report all his holdings as required by the state, the report said.

The scandal emerged after Web users began posting pictures of Cai’s properties, some of which are luxury homes, onto the Sina Weibo social networking site, it said.

“It is basically true that Cai has 21 houses according to our preliminary investigations,” Xinhua quoted a government official responsible for the investigation as saying.

Chinese government officials are widely considered to be corrupt among Chinese, who have recently been raising pressure on them by posting accusations on popular social networking Web sites.

One official in Fujian Province created an online furore this week after users on Sina Weibo accused him of censoring a newspaper report alleging he owned a luxury watch and belt.

While China’s 538 million Internet users are able to use microblogs to accuse local officials of corruption, posts making reference to China’s top politicians are regularly deleted by online censors.