September 4, 2008 5:12 PM

Web vigilante justice in China draws cry for reform

Wang Fei's infidelity deeply upset his wife. She wrote of her distress in a diary, and then jumped from their 24th floor balcony. Her family posted details of Wang Fei's affair on the Internet, angrily blaming him for his wife's suicide. Soon, tens of thousands of Chinese web users knew about Wang Fei. Many felt incensed, so they revved up a "human-flesh search engine," which is what Chinese Internet users call their Web hunts.

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