In China, a country where all media are nominally owned by the state, the government invests vast amounts of money and labor into controlling information.
Having any investigative journalists at all is no mean feat.
But in Hunan, the journalism can be as spicy as the chili pepper-laden cuisine for which the province is known.
"Hunan produces the best investigative journalists in the country," says Luo Changping, who until 2014 was one of them. One reason for this, he says, is that "no matter how poor people are in Hunan, they're very concerned about politics."