National anti-corruption authorities have released a new website which allows anonymous whistleblowers to draw attention to corrupt local officials; it’s a lot like the corruption-reportage websites from 2007, 2009, 2011, and earlier this year, all of which either crashed from overuse or were taken down. But hell, maybe they mean it this time.
The website allows users to post corruption tips anonymously or with their real names, the latter receiving faster service. The site itself looks presentable by Chinese-burecratic-website standards (see: this fucking thing) but it will be best judged by its results, as South China Morning Post reports:
Tips about local-level officials will be directed to disciplinary commissions in the areas where they work. Reports about central government officials will be handled directly by the CCDI. Informants can monitor the results of their tip-offs online. […]
Professor Li Chengyan , Peking University’s leading researcher of corruption, noted the website’s launch came as the nation’s anti-graft campaign gathered momentum.
The public are turning more to social media, such as weibo accounts, to level charges against officials. Online informants have brought down several high-profile figures such as Liu Tienan, former director of the National Energy Bureau and deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission.
But Li also cautioned the website could become “a mere formality” if anti-graft bodies did not handle the tip-offs in an open manner.
The government has undoubtedly started taking corruption more seriously, but it still has a knee-jerk hatred of citizen reportage, so all bets are off for this site’s longevity/effectiveness.