Liberal Hong Kong media website House News shuts down, citing political pressure. “As a businessman who frequently travels to and from the mainland, I have to admit that I felt very scared every time I crossed the border,” says co-founder. Tony Tsoi Tung-ho. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Wall flower, Dali City by Stephan Rebernik (taken in Dali, Yunnan)
CDT has translated a Ming’en Media (明恩传媒) video from 2012 that looks at opacity in China’s local and central tax revenue allocation. This video was one of three Ming’en videos that censors ordered to be taken down from video hosting websites in a directive in May.
Alongside the Xi administration’s ongoing crackdown on Party corruption, austerity measures aimed at quelling public outrage over the “Three Public Expenditures” have been in effect since last year.
We’ve defended the church and we shed blood, but [the church director] compromised to agree that the cross be removed. May God have mercy on him.
Police clash with protesters over the removal of a cross from a Wenzhou church. Tibetans are giving up their weapons. Chinese app developers are now required to have real-name registration. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Nanpu Bridge by Ge Li (taken in Shanghai)
One of Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber ducks sat in Hong Kong’s harbor last year, inspiring knock-offs in China. Taking inspiration from the big bird, a 72-foot inflatable yellow toad arrived in Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park over the weekend. The toad’s creator, Guo Yongyao, meant to invoke the traditional symbolism of the “wealth-drawing golden toad” (招财金蟾). But the toad invokes something else for Chinese netizens: former president Jiang Zemin.
As soon as the connection was made, Xinhua and Sina deleted their stories about the giant toad. Related keywords do not seem to have been blocked on Weibo search, but a number of posts about the toad have been filtered, as FreeWeibo has documented.
Jiang Zemin is often called “The Toad” for his resemblance to the broad-faced amphibian. But even posts that make no reference to Jiang are being blocked.
Read more about this “toad story” at China Digital Times.
A blogger is given 6.5 years in prison for “fabricating and spreading online rumors for economic gain.” A giant yellow toad disappears from the Chinese Internet. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Kite by leniners (taken on the Bund, Shanghai)