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China's craze for online anti-corruption


10:17, December 07, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A number of officials have been removed from their posts due to corruption or misconduct after investigations by disciplinary authorities. However, all were exposed by Internet users who found the initial clues that led to investigations.

Chinese netizens are embracing "online anti-corruption", a sign of the country's endeavor to fight wrongdoing.


The latest was Yuan Zhanting, mayor of northwestern capital city of Lanzhou in Gansu Province.

Yuan was exposed by netizen Zhou Lubao on Monday at various public events wearing pricey watches, with the most expensive estimated up to 200,000 yuan (31,746 U.S. dollars).

The provincial disciplinary authorities have promised to look into the case, which resembles that of Yang Dacai, a work safety official in Shaanxi Province who was sacked in September after Internet users posted photos of him wearing luxury timepieces that he could not afford on his above-board earnings.

In October, Cai Bin, an urban management official in southern Guangdong Province, was dismissed from his post after online postings tipped that he owned 22 houses.

The most lurid scandal is Lei Zhengfu, a district head in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, whose sex video with a female was leaked to the Internet, leading to his sacking within only 63 hours.

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