New Ban on Reporting Tainted Milk Scandal in China

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appalled at the latest media order issued by

Guangdong Province Propaganda Department banning independent reporting on a new

toxic melamine milk scandal.

 

According to local sources, the

order states that all media outlets must only use information formally released

by the authorities. The order does not, however, specify which authorities are

responsible for publishing the information.

 

No relevant information is currently

available on the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and

Quarantine, the supervisory department for all food products in China.

 

The ban comes as melamine-tainted

milk products were reported to have been found on sale in China.

 

In 2008, at least six children died

and another 300,000 suffered illness after milk products were found to be

tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

 

 “Yet another ban on media conducting independent

reporting about a major public health issue in China, and the failure of authorities

themselves to make vital information available, raises further concerns about prioritising

censorship over the wellbeing of citizens,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

 

“China’s Central Government must

intervene immediately to ensure that all vital information regarding the health

of citizens reaches the public.”

 

Journalists and media workers

continue to face bans and harassment for any investigations or interviews

related to the 2008 incident.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide