The following post by CMP researcher David Bandurski (班志远) was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime after 5:24pm Hong Kong time, Febuary 9, 2012. The post is a simple re-post, without comment, of an original Weibo post sharing an image of Hong Kong coverage of the Wang Lijun case. David Bandurski currently has more than 3,000 followers on Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].
The image from the original post re-posted by David Bandurski follows. It shows a newspaper page from Hong Kong media with coverage of the case of Wang Lijun (王立军), the crime-busting official in the city of Chongqing whose own political fortunes are now in question, leading to speculation about internal wrangling within the Chinese Communist Party.
The large headline at the top reads: “Wang Lijun: I am Bo Xilai’s sacrificial lamb.” The headline on the second article reads: “Bo Xilai’s hard push to ‘sing red songs and strike against vice’ draws displeasure”. The headline running vertically along the right side of the paper reads: “The United States has no comment about Wang Lijun’s ‘vacation-style treatment'” The short headline to the left of the two photographs (with Bo and Wang on top) reads: “The two paths of Bo [Xilai] and Wang Yang [Guangdong’s top leader] are in struggle”. The headline at the bottom of the page reads: “The Chongqing Model breaks a leg, composition of 18th Party Congress in chaos.”
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