Friday, May 31, 2013

News Sites Delete Images of Kunming Anti-PX Protests (Again)

On May 17, 2013, the state-sponsored Global Times published an English language article entitled "Thousands Protest Kunming PX Plan."  According to that report: "Thousands of residents in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan Province, staged a protest near the provincial government Thursday against a massive oil refinery and paraxylene (PX) project over fears of pollution."

The previous day, the Global Times had published a Chinese language report entitled "Hundreds of Residents  Gather on the Street to Challenge Refinery Project, Officials Offer Reassurance" (昆明数百市民上街聚集质疑炼油项目 官方进行疏导).

As of May 21, both of these articles, which did not have any photographs were still available. However, as these screenshots show, articles that included photographs of the protests have been deleted.

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For additional examples of censorship associated with protests against the Kunming/Anning PX plant, see: