Party launches whistleblowers’ website ahead of Mid-Autumn festival

Source:Global Times Published: 2015-9-7 0:18:01

The Communist Party of China's (CPC) disciplinary watchdog launched a new website on Sunday to receive information from the public on possible discipline violations at festivals, ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays.

The public is encouraged to report what they consider as corrupt practices, including the use of public funds for gifts, hosting banquets and trips, read the announcement on the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI)'s website.

The new whistleblower platform was set up to strengthen public supervision and stamp out four undesirable work styles: formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance, at important holidays, according to the CCDI announcement.

The CCDI will reveal the names of the officials reported each week from September 16.

Giving mooncakes to relatives and friends is a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition, but some officials have used public funds during the festival to bribe people.

Song Dajun, a CCDI official, said that the root cause of the four undesirable work styles still exists. Song said that disciplinary watchdogs at all levels should be prepared for the two holidays and prevent the four styles from occurring again, according to an article published on the CCDI website on Sunday.

In a poll the CCDI conducted, 42,134 out of 42,137 netizens support the new move. Many netizens said that cracking down on corruption is a never-ending campaign, and called for a sound public reporting system.

The CCDI punished 232,000 officials in 2014, and received 2.72 million public reports, up from 1.95 million in 2013, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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