China: “Transparency Lost” as Censorship Clouds Government Action on Air Pollution, Environment

Peace and Freedom

Hopes that the nation’s smog problem will be dealt with more seriously may not be realized

By LI JING
South China Morning Post

Pollution in Shanxi. Even some typically outspoken experts seem to be refraining from playing up the hype over smog. Photo: AFP

Just a week after its release, former television host Chai Jing’s viral film on air pollution, Under The Dome, was the elephant in the room at the new environment minister’s press conference.

None of the 12 reporters – all from local media – who were picked to ask questions at Saturday’s conference made mention of the documentary and the way it was censored online on the mainland.

Chai Jing said she paid little attention to the smog engulfing much of China, even as her work took her to places where the air was acrid with fumes and dust. Photograph: YouTube

“I’m sure the documentary is…

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