Chinese Government Fears Popular Anti Corruption Websites
he watchdog group Transparency International\'s 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, which rates countries on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being highly corrupt, and 10 being highly clean, allotted a meager 3.5 for China, the same rating as Thailand, Serbia, Greece and Colombia, while the United States got 7.1, and Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore, which were at the top received 9.3.
And this is despite the harsh punishments imposed on those convicted of corruption charges amongst whom are many senior party politicians and government ministers.
China is inching towards the web revolution as Chen Hong and his team of 30 volunteers are working to improve www.ibribery.com, the website which allowed people to post anonymous tips on official bribery.
With approximately 200,000 unique visitors in two weeks, it had proved too popular for the comfort of the “communist government”, which responded by blocking access to the site for people inside China.
A visibly worried Chen pulled the site off net till he could reach an understanding with the government as he “didn't want the site to be perceived as a threat, but more to help them (the government) solve problems that already exist”. However, the government feared that such sites could be used by groups as a tool to rally for anti government and anti establishment protests.