Thursday, June 28, 2007

No China Diet: Mines, Death, and Extorion

In China Mine Boss Jailed Over Death, we learn a couple interesting facts about China:

  • With enough uproar inside and outside of China over the death of an investigative journalist at a mine, President Hu Jintao was forced to act;
  • Accusations of "false journalism" (a variety of extortion) are not uncommon;
  • Mine owners are frequently accused of ignoring government regulations in order to increase their profits; and
  • 5,000 people a year die in China's mines, which are consider some of the most dangerous in the world.