The Chinese minister of propaganda has taken quick and explicit measures to censure the reporting of the Panama Papers.
Some relatives of high ranking Party officials have been mentioned in the massive data leak.
While some of the off shore transactions are believed to be legitimate, there is growing evidence that shell companies and complex ownerships have served some to hide trillions of dollars from the tax man. Evidence is also growing that some of the people who used the Panama firm Mossack Fonseca, used some of its expertise for money laundering.
One of the first to resign over the growing scandal was the PM of Iceland. Today Swiss authorities raided the FIFA offices. PM David Cameron has come under fire for his failing to mention a fortune that his father squirreled away in offshore caches. Many more of the rich and infamous are expected to be exposed in the near future.
That fate is unlikely to happen in the People’s Republic of China. When the official party line is that the leaders are fighting corruption, it looks bad for some of those leaders to be named as avoiding their social responsibilities.
"Find and delete reprinted reports on the Panama Papers," a leaked provincial propaganda directive published and translated by the U.S.-based China Digital Times (CDT) website said. "Please act immediately."
"Do not follow up on related content, no exceptions," the April 4 directive, delivered verbally to news editors across China, said.
"If material from foreign media attacking China is found on any website, it will be dealt with severely," it said. Radio Free Asia
The story continues to grow, but in countries that tightly control their media outlets, the people there are unlikely to hear many details.
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