Officials criticized for lack of reading
A commentary published Xinhua’s Outlook Weekly Magazine criticized Chinese government officials for not reading enough, and attributed it to their preference for forming networks and their materialism.
The article said Guangdong anti-graft inspectors rummaged through Shenzhen official Jiang Zunyu’s home after his downfall, and found his bookshelf filled with expensive cigarettes, alcohol, jade wares, paintings and calligraphy, but only one book, which was “unsuitable for minors”.
Jiang, secretary of Shenzhen city’s CPC committee of political and law affairs, was typical of modern-day Communist Party officials, who showed little interest in reading, the article said.
In a 2014 survey on officials’ reading habits, carried out by the Central Party School in Beijing, 71 percent of Party officials rated their reading habits as “so-so”, while 12 percent rated them “poor” or “very poor”. Only 17 percent rated them “good” or “very good”.