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Chinese Authorities Arrest 2,500 Private Eyes

Published on 2013-01-25


By Euly Luo & Jack Phillips
Epoch Times StaffCreated: January 24, 2013Last Updated: January 24, 2013


Chinese authorities have rounded up and arrested more than 2,500 private detectives across the country, charging them with illegally sourcing and distributing private data, in a crackdown that analysts believe is politically motivated.


Private eyes are used by some civilians to find information about the unsavory misdeeds of Chinese Communist Party officials, featured in a series of scandals involving mistresses and corruption. The spate of by text-enhance"";">arrests triggered speculation that the regime specifically initiated it to prevent such information from reaching the masses.