China: Bo Xilai trial by social media

On 26/08/2013 by Site Default

One of the most dramatic developments from the trial of disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai isn’t what was said in court, but that the arguments were revealed at all.

The public received updates released on social media — a first in a country where most court proceedings are held in secret and the outcome far from doubt.

While official state media has given cursory coverage to the trial, Chinese netizens fed an online frenzy of commentary about the case, which was the top trending topic Thursday on’s Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like microblogging site.

“The live coverage of Bo’s case on Jinan Intermediate Court’s Weibo feeds is awesome and a huge progress for media coverage on trials!” wrote Weibo writer Youyoulaihaiyouqu…


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