Beijing accused of lacking transparency over Tianjin explosions

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-14
By: Staff Reporter

China is again being accused of trying to “control” the truth behind a major disaster amid claims

The warehouse in flame in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, Aug. 13, 2015. (Photo/Xinhua)
The warehouse in flame in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, Aug. 13, 2015. (Photo/Xinhua)

that media and netizens are being restricted in what they can report on the deadly warehouse explosions in the northern Chinese metropolis of Tianjin on Wednesday.

The explosions, which erupted at a logistics warehouse in an industrial area of the port city, have killed at least 44 people and left another 520 hospitalized with injuries. It has been claimed that the force unleashed by the two explosions was equal to that of 24 tons of TNT or 53 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

While the exact cause of the accident is not yet clear, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the warehouse was storing “dangerous and chemical goods,” and that a lack of information on what they are exactly led to the suspension of firefighting efforts on Thursday.

The explosions have made headlines around the world, but local media in Tianjin are said to have been eerily silent. As with previous incidents of a similar nature, most of the information on the explosions have come from international media sources, which in turn relied heavily on social media reports from witnesses and others near the scene.     [FULL  STORY]

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