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Panama Papers: how China's Great Firewall is Protecting its Leaders

While several of China’s most powerful politicians have been linked to the “Panama Papers” leaks, blanket Internet censorship has prevented the country’s citizens from learning about it

Anthony Cuthbertson for Newsweek reports: President Xi Jinping and other members of the Communist Party’s most powerful committee have had relatives named as the heads of secretive offshore companies, prompting a media blackout and the censoring of social media and the Internet through the so-called Great Firewall of China.

The huge leak from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed the ties of the in-laws of President Xi, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and head of propaganda Liu Yunshan to the money-launderinf scandal. Family members of deceased party chief Hu Yaobang and former Vice President Zeng Qinghong were also involved into funneling funds and tax evasion schemes. 

As reported by The China Digital Times, a notice has been sent demanding media outlets to delete reports on the disclosure. “Find and delete reprinted reports on the Panama Papers,” the notice stated. “Do not follow up on related content, no exceptions. If material from foreign media attacking China is found on any website, it will be dealt with severely.” Moreover, the searches on the social media by the word ‘Panama’ returned a message: “Sorry, searches for ‘Panama’ came up with no relevant results.”

A user of the Chinese social network Sina Weibo said: “I don’t understand why the phrase Panama Papers has been labeled a sensitive term. So far, our country hasn’t been negatively impacted. Is it because [authorities] have foreseen they will have something to do with us.”

The revelation of the notorious Panama Papers has already resulted in the resignation of Iceland PM Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson on Tuesday.  However, such a significant incident was honored with but a small article in the Chinese Communist party-run newspaper Global Times, which has called the scandal ‘small potatoes’. The edition also claimed that the West has used the leaks for propaganda purposes.

“The Western media has taken control of the interpretation each time there has been such a document dump, and Washington has demonstrated particular influence in it,” the report stated. “Information that is negative in the U.S. can always be minimized, while exposure of non-Western leaders, such as Putin, can get extra spin.

“In the Internet era, disinformation poses no major risks to Western influential elites or the West. In the long-run, it will become a new means for the ideology-allied Western nations to strike a blow to non-Western political elites and key organizations.”

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