Chinese Press Review: Copy and Paste from Meng Jianzhu

37 Chinese nationals were flown into Beijing International Airport on Saturday morning after their extradition from Angola. The suspects were arrested in Angola for crimes against other Chinese citizens, allegedly including kidnapping, armed robberies, extortions and forcing women into prostitution. Chinese and Angolan police reportedly cooperated in the operations that led to the arrests.

A press release by the ministry of public security states that the operation had led to the destruction of twelve criminal gangs, the uncovering of 48 serious criminal cases, and the rescue of 14 victims of Chinese nationality. The press release emphasizes the role of the Chinese embassy in Angola in bringing the gang operations to the attention of the ministry of public security.

State Councillor and minister of public security Meng Jianzhu attached great importance to this and ordered the public security organs to take effective measures to severely crack down on criminal activities that violate the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens, and to conscientiously protect the safety of Chinese nationals’ lives and properties in Angola. In April this year, during Angolan interior minister Sebastião Martins’visit to China, Meng and Martins signed the “Cooperation Agreement between the PRC and the Angolan Republic on the Protection of Public Security and Social Order”, and one of the main points of their discussions were joint crackdowns on crimes harming the legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Angola, and decided that China should, as quickly as possible, dispatch [a] team[s] to Angola for joint action. Meng Jianzhu sent a letter to Martins, expressing his hope that Angola would actively cooperate, intensify efforts, ensure the actions’ efficiency, and conscientiously protect our citizens’ lives and properties.


A advance group was sent to Angola in May, the ministry’s website says, to carry out investigations, and to coordinate cooperation with the Angolan authorities. According to their findings, the gang activities had been going on since 2009. More than 30 public security and People’s Police officers from Fujian, Anhui, Liaoning and other regions were sent to Angola on July 19. More than 400 Angolan police and Chinese officers started the crackdowns on August 1, according to the ministry website.

The following sentence seems to suggest to me that the public security minister invites all kinds of media to simply copy and paste the press release and to sell it as their own work (“source” and “author” are left open at the beginning of the release):

This reporter learned that, due to the Angolan presidential elections, the extadition of the suspects didn’t go as scheduled. State Councillor and minister of public security Meng Jianzhu had to send another letter to Angolan interior minister Martins.


Public security ministry: come, copy me!

Public security ministry: come, copy me!

At People’s Daily Net, the People’s Daily Photo Channel becomes the “source”, and in another category, it’s People’s Daily Net proper – but at least, they put a narrator in front of a camera. Interestingly, they also add the names of two reporters (Yang Yan, Feng Huanhuan).   Sina isn’t that cheap, and laconically states “ministry of public security” as the source. Most or all commercial media, from Wenxue City to TenCent,  also attribute the press release correctly. China’s second-largest news agency after Xinhua however, China News Service, states itself as the source.

Huanqiu Shibao attributes the report to the ministry, and Enorth attributes it to China News Service (see end of previous para). For some reason, the report even gets an author at Enorth, different from the editor mentioned at the news agency.


4 Comments to “Chinese Press Review: Copy and Paste from Meng Jianzhu”

  1. Unable to access the net for some time.
    Yes, the Lighting Terror gang. Basically, the Angolan authorities should have handed out some rough justice to the 57 or so perps before their repatriation. A really brutal flogging with a rhino whip, the one popularized by Botha’s apartheid police . Out and out extra judicial execution of the ring leaders and possibly the use of bolt cutters. They should have been seen off as bleeding broken wrecks.

    It would be a salutary lesson, and also reminded the very large number of Chinese living in Angola that they are temporary guests and that they should not get above their station.


  2. Been unable or going to be unable to access the net, KT? I understand that the rule of law isn’t as much your cup of tea, as it is mine. But don’t blame it on the Catholics!


  3. Was offline, but back with a vengeance. Such a low regard for my political ethics JR, but I was not indulging in provocation above.

    Okay, I was a catholic alter boy, but gave that a miss before becoming a pre-teenager.

    Hopefully, I can expand your musical parameters with my next two posts.


  4. Hopefully, I can expand your musical parameters with my next two posts.

    I’m looking forward to reading.

    but I was not indulging in provocation above.

    I know you aren’t, KT. However, just as a thought of the day, not every suspect actually turns out to be a criminal (although this may depend on the quality of the judicial system).


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