Boxun.com (simplified Chinese: 博讯新闻网; traditional Chinese: 博訊新聞網; pinyin: Bóxùn xīnwén wǎng) is an overseas Chinese community website created by Meicun "Watson" Meng, who studied in the United States after working for two multinational companies in China. Boxun covers international political news and human rights abuses in the People's Republic of China, among other topics. Boxun allows anyone to submit news to the website, which results in a large number of articles remaining anonymous. Editors attempt to confirm and verify the articles, with pictures and videos published for evidence.
Boxun is an alternative source of news from China. Readers include NGOs and government organizations seeking information about China. The website has a literature section as well, devoted to short stories, essays, and political commentaries written by people in China and overseas.
Boxun is the first known Chinese website in the model of citizen journalism. It may also be the first Chinese blog, having started in 2001.
The Boxun servers are run from an office in North Carolina since 2000.
Meng's tax-exempt[unreliable source?] organization, China Free Press, is registered to the same North Carolina address as the Boxun website. From 2005 to 2009, the organization received grants totaling $513,366 from the National Endowment for Democracy, a U.S. non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote U.S.-friendly[peacock term] democracy and funded primarily through an annual allocation from the U.S. Congress.[not in citation given] While the organization says it is independently run and audited, critics, including German leftist magazine konkret, have suggested that it is simply a tool of U.S. foreign policy.
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- "Blog Trouble in Big China". CBC.
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- Schmidt, Chrisitan Y. "Neuigkeiten aus der Hope Valley Road. Der Westen hofft auf ein Übergreifen der arabischen Aufstandsbewegung auf China. Und hilft ein bißchen nach." konkret. 4/2011, p. 26-27.