Official corruption in China is the chief cause of concern for netizens, a leading think tank has said.
According to Zhong Ying, a professor of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology's journalism and information communication school, issues related to government management, forced demolitions of houses and clashes between citizens and police attracted much attention on the Internet in 2010.
In the annual Report on the Development of New Media in China, released by the Social Sciences Academic Press, Ying said that international relations, academic corruption and campus security were also among the top five issues of greatest concern to the public, the China Daily reports.
In a recent case, the media's attention was caught by nude pictures of a Guangzhou official being distributed quickly on Weibo.com.
That scandal occurred on June 21, the same day that US House Representative Anthony Weiner resigned after lewd pictures of him had been posted on the micro blog site Twitter.
According to the report, 54 percent of the events that gave rise to netizens' concerns occurred in the eastern part of the country and 24 percent in the western part.
In addition, 56 percent of the events that elicited expressions of concern on the Internet happened in big cities, while only 14 percent happened in rural regions, said the report. (ANI)