China’s senior safety inspector urged the public and the media Tuesday to expose workplace accidents in a bid to end corruption and official misdeeds aggravating the country’s high rate of work deaths. Li Yizhong, the head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said public whistle-blowing provides crucial clues for investigators often hobbled by cover-ups by local officials, especially on coal mine accidents.
“We welcome the public’s supervision. We welcome the reports made by people to expose corruption,” Li said at a news conference in which he appealed for help five times. “According to some tips, for example, we have found government officials who made unlawful investments in coal mines.”
Appeals for public and media intervention are an increasingly common tactic for the usually closed, authoritarian communist government as it tries to rein in local officials eager to protect industries and businesses flourishing under capitalist reforms. [Full Text]