Date
17 December 2017
China is seeking new ways to educate the party cadre about the virtues of honest living. Photo: CCDI website
China is seeking new ways to educate the party cadre about the virtues of honest living. Photo: CCDI website

China’s latest anti-graft campaign tool is a TV drama series

The Chinese Communist Party’s discipline watchdog and the nation’s Ministry of Supervision will air on their websites a serial TV drama that propagates the virtues of honesty, in a move aimed at guiding party officials and the public on leading clean and corruption-free lives.

The 19-episode serial drama, which was originally shown back in 2000, is about Yu Chenglong, a senior official from the Qing Dynasty period who was in charge of the region that now makes up the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui and Jiangxi, Beijing Times reported Friday.

Yu was known for his upright and uncorrupt ways as he served the government for more than 20 years. He was loved by the common people and was praised by Emperor Kangxi, winning the title of “most upright official of China”.

Commenting on authorities’ latest step in the anti-corruption campaign, observers said it is a good move as it will combine education with entertainment. The discipline watchdog can strike a chord with the public with better communication and messaging.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has been using its website to take opinions, suggestions and reports from netizens, through tools such as a message board and online chats. Recently, it designed an area on the website to show though comic art the facts pertaining to lax discipline among some officials.

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