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Today on the net: Chinese officials urged to declare their assets; a cat running for mayor in a town in Mexico; and an online campaign raising awareness of street harassment.
Chinese officials urged to declare assets
"If Chinese officials think their personal assets are private, their only choice is to step down": this message was posted online last week by university scholar Lui Li and has since been shared over 120,000 times on social networks in China. A call for transparency launched as new rules have been implemented in former Portuguese colony Macau, making it mandatory for all officials to declare their assets.
Many Chinese web users would like to see the same legislation introduced throughout China, to help fight corruption among the political class. In a somewhat ironic tone, bloggers have been urging their political leaders to take the lead of Liu Zhijun, the former railways minister who recently stood trial on corruption charges and who was forced to publicly declare his numerous assets.
And as we can see in these photos that have been doing the rounds online in recent months, activists across China have been brandishing banners and carrying signs, demanding the communist Party government officials disclose their assets.
The campaigning echoes an open letter drafted by a group of academics back in December, shortly after Xi Jinping was appointed President. The document has been signed by thousands of web users urging top-ranking Chinese officials to show greater transparency.
But according to this report released by Human Rights Watch, some campaigners have rece... Go on reading on our web site.
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