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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by David Bandurski tagged OGI

In a piece published in the most recent edition of the official Party journal Qiushi (求是), and shared across China's internet today, Premier Wen Jiaobao (温家宝) calls for great government transparency, "creating the conditions for the people to monitor the government." The piece, drawn from Premier Wen's March 26 speech on clean governance at the State Council, comes right on the heels of the official announcement last week that former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai has been removed from the Party's Central Committee for "serious discipline violations."

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Writing on Sina Weibo yesterday, He Yanguang (贺延光), a veteran photojournalist with China Youth Daily, wrote of his confusion at a Xinhua notice yesterday saying the central Party was demanding greater openness from government. We have our reading of the notice here: http://bit.ly/oiB3Jp
He Yanguang writes: "I don't understand! Xinhua News Agency says in an official notice today that there was a need to grasp openness [in the handling] of major sudden-breaking incidents and problems of key concern to the people . . . to thoroughly bring the supervisory role of the media into play, and to strengthen the monitoring [of government] by society . . . Well then, why in recent days have directives prevented media from asking questions and commenting, and made them pull countless pages overnight, so that resentment bristles in the media? Do they up there want to act like whores and build monuments to their chastity? Or is the propaganda department beyond the central Party's control?"

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In today's The Beijing News, columnist Yu Hu (于平) says the recent decision in the southern city of Guangzhou to allow government departments to reveal their expenditures at their own discretion is a step back. In 2009, the city's budget office released online the budgets of 114 government offices, earning widespread praise. 

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