31 Jul '11, 8am

China 'forced papers to scrap rail crash coverage' - AsiaOne: The sudden ban sent to newspaper ... #Business #China

China 'forced papers to scrap rail crash coverage' - AsiaOne: The sudden ban sent to newspaper ... #Business #China

HONG KONG - China imposed a widespread ban on coverage of last week's high-speed train crash, forcing newspapers across the country to scrap pages of stories, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Sunday. The Sunday Morning Post said that Chinese propaganda authorities had issued a censorship order late Friday, banning all coverage of the crash "except positive news or information released by the authorities". The ban came after state media published rare criticism of authorities over their response to the July 23 crash, which killed at least 40, injured almost 200 and called into question the fast expansion of China's high-speed rail network. "After the serious rail traffic accident on July 23, overseas and domestic public opinions have become increasingly complicated," the order from the Publicity Department of the Communist Party said, according to the Post. "All local medi...

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