The media have deep connections and are controlled by officials and interest groups, so it's not difficult to understand why we have problems such as 'paid reporting', 'paid self-censorship' and 'paid badmouthing' - it's all about money. The system is corrupt, media cannot be clean. It's impossible.

Zhang Lifan, historian

It has been three years since China's President Xi Jinping launched an aggressive anti-graft campaign, vowing to crack down on what his government called 'tigers and flies'.

From high-ranking party officials to civil servants - thousands of people suspected of corruption have been arrested and convicted.

Journalists have also been subject to arrest. Reporters from the state-run CCTV channels along with those from well-known business news websites have been detained under the orders of the Communist Party.

Some have welcomed the campaign, arguing that low salaries and the lack of a proper regulatory body have created a climate in which corruption amongst journalists is common.

But there are growing concerns over the way the campaign is being carried out. 

The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi reports on China's anti-corruption drive that critics say is being used to silence the voices in the media the government doesn't like.

Source: Al Jazeera