Popular Pollution documentary not accessible in China anymore
The popular documentary ‘Under the Dome’ produced by journalist Chai Jing has been taken offline from the most used online video sharing platforms in China. The documentary was highlighting China’s struggle to fight with pollution which has been blamed on rapid industrial growth in the Asian economy, sidelining the environmental impact. The documentary ‘Under the Dome’ became an instant rage among Chinese web users registering millions of views within few days.
Now, reports have emerged that the documentary has been removed from most of the video sharing websites in China. Earlier, the reports regarding the documentary were also removed from the most popular websites and state media in China.
The ruling Community Party has termed pollution control as top priority for the government in China. During the opening session of parliament, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that strict steps will be taken to control pollution as it is concerned with public health.
Chinese media is under strict watch of the administration. In most of the controversial issues, the media faces pressure from the authorities. Chinese internet regulator has not commented on the issue of removal of the documentary from video sharing websites.
Within a week, “Under the Dome” was viewed by more than 100 million people. The video posted on YouKu.com, Sohu.com and qq.com, is not accessible anymore. Former CCTV reporter Chai Jing financed and produced the documentary after her infant daughter underwent surgery for removal of benign tumor.
The 103-minute video has grabbed the attention of Chinese residents, who have been facing pollution for the past many years, mainly due to fast industrialization in the country. The issues related to smog in major Chinese cities have been reported in the media for the past three years.
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