As we can see from the news that China has become fascinated by an internet effort to trace children abducted and forced to become beggars, and reunite them back with their families, a movement that seems to have received a rare cast of approval from the government.
Here are some real examples: 2 weeks ago, Yu Jianrong, a big government critic, began a micro-blog to help rescue such children by urging people to post photographs of young beggars. The blog has since gathered 1,000 pictures, 100,000 followers and made several families happy.
It is reported by the Chinese state media on Wednesday that on Tuesday, Peng Gaofeng, a migrator worker in Shenzhen, was reunited with his son who was abducted three years ago. Five other children whose pictures were posted on the blog were also described by their parents.
As we have known something that many enterprises that spread through micro-blogs in China quickly turn into encounters with the government, as they tend to centre on abuses by local officials. Beijing often then orders the hosting site to block further annotate.
But the fact told us that in this case, the Chinese agencies appear to have jumped on the bandwagon, with state media accounting Mr Peng’s reunion with his son. Police in some cities have also joined the online agitate.
China estimates 20,000 children are abducted annually. Some are forced to beg by families, while others are sold to couples who cannot have children, or are made to work in factories.
As we can see from the internet that in India, child beggars and childbed are still common, though many are thought to be put in work by their own broken parents. However, thousands of Indian children are also reported missing every year and newspapers often publish police reports of children who have melted. India? National? Centre for Missing Children, a non-profit group accomplished in 2000, has 320,000 subscribers to its regular “kids missing alerts” which broadcast photos and data of missing children.
Mr Yu, who is also a investigator at the respected Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has tapped into an existent online push by parents of kidnapped children in China. Administrations such as “Baby Come Home” or “The Ark” run websites with information on missing children.
In December, Mr Yu told the reporters from the local media. However, his agitate, which marks the first time microblogs have joined the cause, has taken the movement to a new level. The social networking tool has spread rapidly in China during the past two years, cranking the speed at which information travels and helping support the country’s entrant civil society. “Everyone has a mike”.
David Bandurski, a Chinese media expert at the University of Hong Kong, said the movement certified both the power of social media in calling social issues and how such tools challenged controls on popular opinion.
The initiative has already begot criticism of the government. Wu Di, a blogger, asked where the government and police had been, in calling the problem of abducted children: “Are the things the people can see inconspicuous to our leaders?”
And in the author’s opinion, Faye Wong, Ma yili, Chen Kun and some other famous stars, they all have their own Micro-blog, and they often release the latest news about the missing children. So this is a good thing to our country, we should support that. SABUNG AYAM