Friday, August 12, 2011

microbloggers in China protect journalists

"When Chinese journalist Wang Keqin found himself cornered in the countryside two years ago by police who were trying to stop him looking into a rape case involving local officials, he looked online for help.  Wang, one of China's most dogged investigative journalists, and his colleagues called a friend who posted constant updates about their stand-off with encroaching police to a Twitter-like microblog site. Authorities in Badong County, central China, were soon flooded with phone calls from citizens warning them not to detain or hurt him."

   Wang didn't have any authority over his helpers. He just asked for help and got it.  I'm sure he didn't even know many of the people who came to his aid.  Yet it worked.

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