China Censors Report that Premier's Family Member Amassed $2.7 Billion
China is censoring news that a family member of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has amassed nearly $2.7 billion in assets.
When the New York Times reported on the accumulation of wealth, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called it a "smear." They also accused the Times of having "ulterior motives," mainly because the report undermines Mr. Wen's frequent presentation of himself as a reformer opposed to cronyism and corruption in government.
Chinese censors blocked access to the Times' website and to the Chinese translation of the Times' report, in order to keep Chinese citizens from seeing it.
Wen Jiabao's name was also censored from Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
It is interesting to note that the Chinese government did not deny the accusations regarding the accumulation of wealth. They did, however, defend censoring the report by saying "China manages the internet in accordance with laws and rules."