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China censors officials' watches survey

2011-09-18 20:21

Beijing - Authorities in Beijing have censored a survey of luxury watches worn by Chinese government officials published online by an activist whose investigation was welcomed by the official media.

Internet activist "Huaguoshanzonshuji" told AFP on Sunday that the previous night his research had been erased from his account on the microblogging site Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

He blamed the move on "pressure from the propaganda department".

The activist, who has a good reputation among the Chinese online community for his commitment to exposing abuses of power, had posted pictures of officials stating the brand and the value of their wristwatch.

Sun Jingmiao, president of the national development and reform commission for the eastern province of Zhejiang, was shown with a Rolex worth 70 000 yuan ($11 000).

And Zhou Wenzhang, vice president of the China national school of administration, was wearing a watch identified by "Huaguoshanzongshuji" as a Piaget Emperador and estimated it was worth 100 000 yuan.

In a commentary on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency paid a roundabout tribute to "Huaguoshanzongshuji," saying the fight against corruption "should follow" his method.

"A simple watch can reveal the hidden corruption of some greedy officials and it shows that corruption leaves its mark," it warned.

Comments
  • Coquine - 2011-09-18 20:32

    Our Juju wears a watch valued at a quarter of a million rand .....

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-18 20:43

      The value depends on the owners credibility...Some up some down....

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-18 20:46

      Who would you buy a used car from??

      Spyker May - 2011-09-18 22:15

      I am smelling the sweet smell of a Chinese revolution, slowly brewing below the facade, of a place that can fake everything but the... TIME.., he, he, Pun-dora's box...

      Bok Fan - 2011-09-18 22:28

      Its called a Bratbling

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-18 20:50

    Ah! Champagne communists!

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-18 21:01

    Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Boicott China, boicott! Viva the People of China, viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, viva!

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-18 21:02

    Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! We have to support the Chinese People against the Oppression, Exploitation, and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Also we have to support Tibet and Xinjiang against the Occupation, Tirany, Oppression, Exploitation and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese settles, policemen, troops must leave. Tibet for Tibet! Xinjiang for Xinjiang! We have to be militant against the Chinese Communist Party, Ban it, Sanction it, Boycott it. And the government too.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-18 21:35

    Hehe ,so Juju had mates in China? Now Jacob is not the only corrupt-incompetent-comrade with Chinese connections!

  • teenbeauty - 2011-09-19 08:16

    They should nationalize Rolex then

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