Zhou Xiaoyun, an investigative reporter based in China's Guangdong province, is being hunted by Jiangsu Province, Funing County's government authority, after he exposed a corruption scandal. Since August 14, 2012, Zhou has been calling for help via various social media platforms.
Around 10:30am on August 14, the following post [zh] appeared on Zhou's timeline on the micro-blogging site Sina Weibo. At the time of writing the post this has been forwarded more than 15,700 times:
The term “cross-province hunting” 跨省追捕 is used to describe a local authority that exercise power outside its jurisdiction. The authority would abduct the suspect back to their jurisdiction for trial. But in the past few years, more and more cross-province hunting activities have taken place targeting netizens from outside the province who have exposed local authorities’ corruption via the Internet. Zhou added [zh] further information in the afternoon:
Zhou Xiaoyun's report was published [zh] in the newspaper Nanfang Weekend in August 9, 2012. The investigative report revealed that the Funing County government has re-appointed 61 former officials who had been convicted and sentenced to prison on charges of corruption, to the civil service. According to the leaked document, the 61 officials were given the option of either receiving their salaries without actually carrying out their duties, or retiring with the full pension and benefits enjoyed by all other government officials.