Sep 30, 2011 05:56 PM

Closer Look: The Truth About Shaoyang

One of the main principles we strive for at Caixin isn't just the truth, but the whole truth. A Buddhist teaching says, "The truth has no appearance," which refers to the fact that the truth isn't merely ascertained through our senses, but manifests itself through other modes. This means that getting the whole truth isn't easy.

Half a year ago, our cover story on Hunan's missing children was published, and spurred Zhou Qiang, the Hunan provincial party secretary, to personally launch an investigation. Our reporters spent years compiling evidence on the abduction of children by local family planning authorities. I believed the full story was so compelling that certain individuals would eventually face the justice system.

But I was too optimistic. On September 28, five months after the investigation, the Shaoyang city government officially stated that a child-trafficking trade never existed. Fortunately, they didn't blame our report for inaccuracy.

The joint investigation into the case involved many departments of Shaoyang, during which a series of bizzare incidents occurred. Two fathers that led the petition against local authorities for more information were detained by the police on allegations of soliciting prostitutes in late June. In July, the personal mailbox of a Caixin reporter was hacked.

Where is the truth? It lies in the truth of our conscience. But where is the central government and how could they turn a deaf ear to this matter?

As Yan Fu, a political thinker from the Qing Dynasty once said, "The weakness of China starts with falsehoods and ends in flagrant impunity.

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