Southern Metropolis Daily: Where Did the Media Go Wrong Reporting the Brick Kiln Story? – David Bandurski

From China Media Project:

The Shanxi Brick Kiln Affair (ȪëÁ†ñÁ™ë‰∫㉪∂) has received a wave of coverage in China over the last few weeks. But the lead editorial (Á§æËÆ∫) in today’s Southern Metropolis Daily takes a hard look at reporting for the story and gives the media low marks for its own role.

The editorial steps gingerly around the issue of censorship and what its role might have been in controlling the story — CMP wrote earlier this week about orders to tone down Internet coverage — but argues media were remiss in their duties, failing to carry out thorough on-the-scene reporting and provide verified details about the case. With public statements from top leaders, the paper said, coverage should have been blown wide open. And if local officials tried to keep a lid on the facts? Well, that was “itself a major news story that should be splashed across the front page”…[Full Text]

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