ESWN: Q&A about Huaxi/Huankantou

ESWN has posted a series of questions and answers about the recent riots at Huankantou, based on translations of several documents about the incident. The first question:

Q:  Is it true that there is a total news blackout on the Huaxi/Huankantou incident and the only available information comes from western media?

Are these the sole purveyors of information on this matter?¬† You must be joking.¬† None of these reporters are likely to be admitted anywhere near the scene, as Didi Kirsten Tatlow’s story shows.¬† So where did these reports come from?¬† The western reporters were mostly relying on Chinese media, especially the Internet.¬† In fact, there was a torrent of information inside China within the first couple of days.¬† The portal even ran an online poll about who was at fault — the government or the citizens?

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