China: Websites often critical of Beijing challenge NYT report on Wen Jiabao

Wen Jiabao

SCMP says in its report titled Web sites often critical of Beijing challenge report on Wen Jiabao’s family wealth: “Independent media based in free democracies are usually quick to jump on sensational scandals involving political leaders.

“But some overseas Chinese media took a very different approach to a recent report targeting the family of Premier Wen Jiabao. Instead of playing up a lengthy investigative report in The New York Times last Friday that exposed the family’s wealth, they carried items casting doubt on the report and voicing support for Wen, who will step down as premier in March.

“The news websites of US-based Boxun, Mingjing and Duowei, all popular among overseas Chinese, published reports and commentaries defending Wen’s family against allegations that they accumulated a vast fortune. However, they are generally critical of the mainland’s authoritarian regime.

“The New York Times said members of Wen’s family, including his mother, wife and two children, controlled at least US$2.7 billion worth of assets, accumulated during Wen’s time in office. Several overseas websites, including Boxun, reported that some overseas media had received ‘detailed’ information about Wen, triggering concerns there could be a conspiracy to undermine him.”

Source: SCMP “Websites often critical of Beijing challenge report on Wen Jiabao’s family wealth”

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