So I recently wrote about a television report from
These shameful acts were uncovered after a group of families decided that approaching the police about kidnapped children had proven futile. Chinaworker claims that the, “Parents of missing children (had) reported that police refused to intervene even when given the whereabouts of child slaves.”
In desperation, they posted a letter for help on the internet. It was this letter that has been the catalyst to the detainment of 168 people in relation to slave labour and human-trafficking. The media took up the fight where the parents could fight no more.
Arguably, had the media not uncovered the letter then the police may have continued to ignore pleas for action from those families concerned. This lackadaisical attitude from authorities may be tied to the fact that Communist Party officials have been implicated in many of the offences, with suggestions that police may have also have also colluded. Local media has been particularly stinging in demands for answers from authorities and is also seeking resignations.
CNN plucked a quote from the website of the People’s Daily: “"The dereliction of local government departments and even collusion between officials and criminals is plain to see." Such appearances leave
Shanghai Daily reports that
But perhaps the damage is already done: CNN argues that, “The unfolding scandal has stained the ruling Communist Party's promises to build a ‘harmonious’ society with better rights and income for hundreds of millions of poor farmers.” Such damage to the party domestically won't be tolerated, and the China Digital Times provides a "translation of a notice released by the CPC Central Office of External Communication, one of the party’s main propaganda arms:
All External Communication Offices, Central and Local Main News Websites:
Regarding the Shanxi “illegal brick kilns” event, all websites should reinforce positive propaganda, put more emphasis on the forceful measures that the central and local governments have already taken, and close the comment function in the related news reports. The management of the interactive communication tools, such as online forums, blogs, and instant messages, should also be strengthened. Harmful information that uses this event to attack the party and the government should be deleted as soon as possible. All local external communication offices should enhance their instruction, supervision and inspection, and concretely implement the related management measures.
The Internet Bureau, CPC Central Office of External Communication
June 15, 2007
Clearly this is damaging to
The local media in