China to protect online whistleblowers on official site
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's government will protect from retribution and attacks people who use the internet to report corruption, but only those who use an officially sanctioned website to do so, a senior official said on Thursday.
President Xi Jinping has made fighting pervasive graft a central theme of his new administration, warning that the problem is so severe it could threaten the survival of the ruling Communist Party.
The party has been keen to harness the power of the Internet in the fight, though it has been hampered by public suspicion that complaints will be ignored, and also by arrests of and even attacks on online whistleblowers.
Speaking on a webcast on the anti-corruption watchdog's recently unveiled website, secretary-general Cui Shaopeng tried to set such concerns aside.