The Student Bloggers Down In The Coal Mine – EastSouthWestNorth

EastSouthWestNorth translated following article from China Education News Network (

The Decision Makers and the Students: A Special Conversation Initiated By A Blog. April 2, 2007.

March 12: Five students including Cao Yu (ÊõπÊ∏ù) from the Hunan Normal University’s School of Literature published the blog post <Factors that influence the psychological sense of safety among Hunan coal mine workers and ways of improvement> on the Xinhua-hosted blog <Cao Yu is concerned about the psychological sense of safety among coal mine workers>. They also made an appeal to more than 100 representatives who were attending the two Congresses in Beijing.

March 13: National Political Consultative Conference member Hao Ruyu responded to their call.

March 24: Cao Yu received a telephone call from the Petition Office of the State Safe Production Supervisory Administration: “We have read the investigative reports that you and your fellow students posted on Xinhua Net. Director Li Yizhong has read your investigative reports and has issued detailed directives …”

March 26: Xinhua Net published the front page story: <The investigation inside the coal mine: The blog exchange between a Political Consultative Conference member and students>.

March 31: Beijing Youth Daily, Sanxiang Metropolis Daily and other newspapers published news reports based upon the Xinhua blog posts.

April 1: Cao Yu and colleagues published <Our government is taking action — the attention from the State Safe Production Administration> and disclosed the contents of the response. On April 2, Xinhua blogs recommended this blog post on its front page. Xinhua Net’s front page also published a special story.

Here are the translations of some of those blog posts by the students: [Full Text]

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