A New York-based news website created in March 2000, Boxun owes its success to the speed with which it covers sensitive stories in China. It has always used the citizen-journalism model but, despite limited resources, it puts a great deal of effort into verifying the information it receives, often from anonymous sources, in order to comply with the editorial rules and ethical standards observed by professional journalists worldwide.
Any information sent to Boxun, any story posted on the site, can put the author or contributor in danger. After being identified by the Chinese authorities, some of its contributors have been arrested, beaten and even forced to make public confessions. Despite the dangers, Boxun has original content in Mandarin and English, articles by correspondents, bylined reports and analyses (some of them by well-known writers) and discussion forums. It also reproduces stories, blogs and information from Chinese-language media outlets in China. For those seeking independently-reported information about China, it is an essential source and one of the most influential websites.