By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
BEIJING, Dec. 19 — China’s new National Bureau of Corruption Prevention thought it would be a good idea to open a Web site for citizens to denounce crooked officials. The idea was so good that the site was immediately deluged by irate Chinese, overwhelming the system and causing several crashes during the first two days of operation.
The outpouring from people across the country was seen as a measure of how deeply Chinese resent the official corruption that has infected Communist Party rule over three decades of economic reform. By the end of Wednesday, its second day online, the site had recorded more than 250 entries despite the technical difficulties. Entries ranged from tirades to denunciations to congratulations for cracking down.