China's effort to muzzle news of train crash sparks outcry

By REUTERS
July 25, 2011 14:43

BEIJING - Government directives demanding journalists not question official accounts of a deadly high-speed train crash in eastern China are fueling public anger and suspicion about conflicting details of the accident, such as the death toll.

"Do not question, do not elaborate."

Saturday night's crash killed at least 38 people and was China's deadliest rail disaster since 2008, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing and high-profile high-speed rail network.

Any attempt to link the crash to the reliability of China's much feted high-speed rail system was off-limits, according to the department.

The department also told media not to "investigate the cause of the accident", and reminded journalists that "the word from the authorities is all-prevailing".


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