Internet censors and state media outlets squelched reports Tuesday about Chinese figures named in the so-called “Panama Papers” — including relatives of politicians including President Xi Jinping.
Searches for articles on websites and social media postings about the leaked documents could not be opened to view their content.
However, there was no official acknowledgement that any blocking was taking place. “We won’t make any comment about groundless accusations,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a daily briefing.
The blocking was not universal, with some searches resulting in stories about non-Chinese figures featured in the documents, including soccer player Lionel Messi.
The reports, by an international coalition of media outlets working with the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), are based on documents leaked from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world’s biggest creators of shell companies. Read more