China launches whistleblower websites

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 09:00 hrs

Beijing, Feb 10 (IANS) The Chinese can now tip off the authorities on corrupt court officials through the internet.

All provincial courts have been linked to the country's apex court's website, designed to collect tips from people about corrupt judges and other officials in the legal system, Xinhua reported.

The whistleblowers can also see if any action is taken on their tip-offs.

'This is an important move that welcomes public supervision and battles corruption in the court system,' China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) said in a statement Wednesday.

Following the launch of SPC website,, in May 2009, all provincial courts have opened similar websites which are connected to the SPC website, the statement said.

The courts' discipline department must respond to the tips and information on these websites within 10 working days and put their response online.

The department will also supervise the provincial websites' operation through an internal computer network, the statement added.