Mingjing News is an independent and participative news website covering Chinese politics, business, social issues and history. It often has information that the Chinese government does not want disclosed and it allows its readers to post a great deal of content, including text reports, photos and video. Its revelations about the government’s secret investigation into politburo standing committee member Zhou Yongkang in 2014 were an example of it frequent sensitive reporting that triggers cyber-attacks on the site or other enhanced censorship measures.
The site is owned by Mirror Media, a Chinese media group that was launched in Canada in the 1990s and now has bureaux in the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ho Pin, the group’s founder and the site’s editor, has had a long career with Chinese media and is a well-known expert on politics in China. His books about Chinese politics, in which he criticizes political censorship, are banned in China. He publicly condemned journalist Gao Yu’s arrest when it was revealed in May 2014.