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Off-Duty Reporters Are China's Newest Whistleblowers

Recent cases of official malfeasance in China have been exposed not by newspapers but by reporters writing on their personal microblogs.

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Hua Ti

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BEIJING - Several months ago, reporter Luo Changping accused two top government officials of corruption: Liu Tienan, former vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, as well as the head of the State Energy Bureau. Confident that the magazine where he works, Caijing, would lack the courage to name the men, Changping turned to his personal microblog using his real name. Tienan is now under arrest and being investigated.

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