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With "Big Tiger" caught, Chinese media can finally name its prey

Published on Jul 30, 2014 7:15 PM
This picture taken on May 18, 2012 shows then-Politburo standing committee member, secretary of the central political and law commission, Mr Zhou Yongkang, delivering a speech at a meeting in Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Big Tiger" is gone. "Master Kang" has disappeared.

The various euphemisms Chinese media have used to describe a once powerful domestic security tsar are no longer necessary, after the Communist Party announced on Tuesday that it had launched a corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang.

Confirmation of what was long known has proved a kind of catharsis for journalists, who have had to strike a balance between publishing thinly veiled reports about the sensational case and sticking to China's censorship rules.

Although journalists have leeway to publish critical reports on crime, the environment and business practices, independent reporting on the activities of central government and Communist Party leaders is usually off limits.

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