China censors online criticism against new Shanghai mayor appointment - NGO

China censors online criticism against new Shanghai mayor appointment - NGO

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1 February 2013

17:37

BBC Monitoring Newsfile

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Text of report by Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

According to the Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (1 February), a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, many online postings by Chinese Internet users criticizing the appointment of Yang Xiong as Shanghai mayor have been "removed." Yang Xiong, the "henchman" of Jiang Mianheng (son of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin), was investigated by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission in 2003. Yang Xiong, who is reportedly unpopular within the party, lost the election as a member and alternate member to the 18th CPC Central Committee. The report asserts that Jiang Zemin's nomination of Yang Xiong as Shanghai mayor has put Xi Jinping in an "embarrassed" situation.

Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 01 Feb 13