The following re-post with comment by Chinese media scholar and former CMP fellow Zhan Jiang (展江) about China’s ongoing poison drug capsules scandal was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 9:05pm Hong Kong time on April 20, 2012. Zhan Jiang currently has more than 665,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

The health minister even says [people] need to have confidence. // @XueManzi: //@ZhaiXingshou010: In officialdom at present, what is most deficient is a culture and sense of shame. Since Ding Guangen (丁关根) resigned his post as railway minister in 1988 following a train disaster, we haven’t again seen anyone courageous enough to show a sense of shame. Thousands of students died in shoddy buildings during the Wenchuan Earthquake, and the minister of education gave not so much as a single apology.

The original Chinese post by Zhan Jiang (including the posts from previous users) follows:

卫生部长还说要有信心。 //@薛蛮子: //@摘星手010: 现今官场最匮乏的,是耻感文化。自1988年铁道部长丁关根因火车事故辞职以来,再不见知耻近乎勇者。汶川地震校舍倒塌,死难学生数千,教育部长连句道歉的表示都没有。

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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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