One of the cartoons shows several cadres on a magic carpet bearing the words: “Public funds.”
In another, a financial officer sits at a U-shaped table with piles of false, altered, or duplicated invoices for reimbursement next to the words:
Corruption decays; it harms the country, and the family.
长沙街头出现（反对腐败）漫画，这是社会的“负能量”吗？ Changsha Street (against corruption) comic, it is a society of “negative energy”? pic.twitter.com/zEXVrCinWi
— chinese workers (@yumenyukuaile) January 15, 2015
The media quoted a blogger as saying: “The corrupted officials in the cartoons look too much like the chengguan’s supervisors. That’s why they have to erase them!”
Other netizens made comments via NetEase. One said: “Positive energy means that if they do something good, you must flatter them; if they do something wrong, you must be tolerant! If you have to speak out, that’s negative energy!”
Another wrote: “The cartoons are actually really good, and can warn people. Those who want to erase them can see themselves in the cartoons.”
State media Global Times then published a piece saying that the images will be edited, rather than removed.
An official surnamed Liang claimed the chengguan will “improve” them: “For example, we will add captions to convey a clearer message. This is necessary because the drawings could create a negative impact and might encourage others to do the same thing.”
Research by Lulu and Mona