Well it isn’t the sort of news report that I would have expected to see in the past. I think it is a sure sign that China is starting to open up it’s society and media to the world. The internet is probably playing a vital role in getting information out but it also appears that the govt is more forthcoming with information as well.
Following the world wide media attention on the disastrous spill it is good to see that govt staff are being held accountable. The director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has resigned after the initial attempted coverup of the explosion and subsequent lack of treatment.
The departures of Zhang and Xie indicate the central leadership intends to make officials stepping down an institutionalized practice following serious professional mistakes made either by officials themselves or by the departments they lead.
In similar cases in the past, only those directly responsible for accidents could be held accountable. Heads of the related departments would normally come away unscathed although poor management was often the underlying reason for specific accidents. Life will not be so easy for officialdom any more. Bosses are increasingly aware they must do their job well to avoid blunders.
Source – Xinhuanet.com aka ChinaView