In the endeavor to maintain their hold on the conventional media, the Chinese government has blocked the popular sites of facebook, twitter and YouTube amongst other sites that are a platform for the free expression. The Chinese people only have the option of building their own sites that conform to the policies of their government. One of these sites is Sina Weibo. This site has been revolutionary since its inception in the year 2009. Much of its success is owed to the closure of twitter, in china, around that year. In order to show the significance of Weibo in the context of Chinese media freedom, this paper will analyze its role in reporting the high-speed train collision in Wuhan. Weibo has been instrumental in propagating social justice, and because of this, it has become a precipitate of government accountability.
Sina Weibo has registered approximately two hundred and fifty million users to date. Out of this, ten percent are frequent users of a daily basis. It has become a platform of discussion of the most contagious issues pertaining to china. This is based on its function as a major forum for hosting public opinion. Unlike twitter which is mainly a social networking site, its counterpart Sina Weibo mainly focuses on public opinion of ongoing affairs. It achieves this by providing to its users a free opportunity to participate in public affairs. An avenue via which the public could voice out its concerns has been all but lacking.
The true power of Weibo, in influencing government action was witnessed in January of the year 2011. A post of a well-known scholar culminated into a national child abduction campaign. There was a public outrage on the issue, this necessitated government action to thwart child abduction. This action was via the ministry of public security. This ministry embarked on a nationwide crackdown of human trafficking thus eliminating the incidence of child beggars on the streets. Two years earlier, this could have been