When an environmental emergency like Love Canal or Three Mile Island occurs in America, it is very much front page news. But in China, such events are often suppressed in the highly controlled media, and a new measure may even further keep the public in the dark. This, according to the Christian Science Monitor, which recently reported how a new law seeks to impose a $12,500 fine on media outlets that report on environmental mishaps without permission. These changes are coming about in response to a series of coal mining disasters – an astonishing 3,000 accidents over the past two years which have embarrassed Chinese officials. Apparently the Chinese are now taking the notion of no news being good news to an outrageous extreme.

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