Friday, April 11, 2014

Jailing of (Yet Another) Corrupt Internet Police Officer Shows How Censors Interact with Webmasters

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On April 2, 2014, the state-sponsored China Daily published a report entitled "Hainan Internet Police Sentenced to 10 Year for Taking over 700k in 'Gratuities' for 'Paid Post Deletion'" (海南一网警"有偿删帖"收取"好处费"70余万 获刑十年). Some excerpts:
During Officer XXX Ning WEI's tenure as Deputy Director, his job responsibilities included online public sentiment oversight, intelligence gathering, information disposal, etc. If an Internet Policeman from outside of Hainan needed to delete a post on "Tianya" or "Kaidi," they needed to go through the Haikou Public Security Internet Police Detachment. The Haikou Public Security Internet Police Detachment would, in accordance with rules, use RTX (a chat platform server) to issue an order to the "Tianya" web site, and would use a specified QQ group to issues orders to "Kaidi" and other web sites. Generally web site would carry out post deletion orders as demanded by the Internet Police.
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Between August 2011 and August 2012, XXX Ning WEI used his position to help Officer XXX PENG, an officer with the Hubei Huangqu Public Security Internet Police Detachment, delete posts on the "Tianya" and "Kaidi" web sites. In order to express his gratituted, XXX PENG made over 148 inter-bank transfers from his account and the accounts of two others to XXX Ning WEI totaling 483,600 yuan as post deletion "gratuities."

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