China Silences Media on School Collapses

Negative press is hurting shining reviews of relief effort
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2008 6:27 AM CDT
The father of a student who died in a school's collapse cries at the site in Wudu, southwestern China's Sichuan province, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – China has called on domestic media to quit reporting on widespread school collapses in the Sichuan earthquake, the Financial Times reports. Some parents hold the government accountable for poor construction they say claimed thousands of children’s lives, and the furor has hurt the positive reviews of China’s response to the quake. Parents continued to highlight the issue this weekend.

“We blame the local government for this,” one mother said at the rubble that was her child's school. “The central government doesn’t know because local media haven’t reported what happened.”