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Food Safety Scares In China Prompt Government To Choke Press Freedom

Op-Ed: Faced with China’s chain of food safety scares, the Health Ministry’s answer is to clamp down on journalists. But it is the media’s job to monitor the Health Ministry, not the other way round.

Bejing market (Rafa)
Bejing market (Rafa)
Chen Jieren

BEIJING - Melamine-tainted baby milk, pork from pigs on clenbutero, and exploding watermelons are just a few of ugly cases in a stream of food safety scares to hit China. Some caused illness and death, others turned out to be rumors. But all, real or not, were bad for China's food industry. In response, Mao Qunan, director of the Chinese Health Ministry's Public Information Center, has announced measures to combat and contain "the few media organizations that are deliberately misleading the public."

Their communications are to be monitored, and a blacklist of journalists is to be established. Because food safety reports can be so highly influential, said Mr Mao, "a neglectful and unserious attitude" risked harming the development of China's food industry.

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How Rihanna Ripped Apart The Bland Victorian Rules Of Maternity Clothing

Barbadian singer and businesswoman Rihanna has proudly celebrated her pregnant belly in fun and revealing clothes. By doing so, she is breaking away from the unspoken rule that pregnant women should hide their baby bumps.

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Serena Dyer

There is a stage in pregnancy where many women have to start thinking about switching out their clothes for maternity wear. Let’s be honest, the choices out there aren’t all too inspiring and women are often expected to give up on their sense of style in favour of comfort. Not singer Rihanna, though, whose refreshing approach to maternity fashion has rocked the world.

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