Online environmental doco blocked in China

Journalist Chai Jing fronts her documentary Under the Dome.

Journalist Chai Jing fronts her documentary Under the Dome.

Beijing [AP]

A popular documentary about China’s environmental woes that has been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the past week has been removed from Chinese websites.

The 104-minute film called Under the Dome could no longer be seen on Saturday morning on popular Chinese video streaming sites.

An error message on the website of Chinese-based site Hao123 said the documentary did not pass the site’s checks.

The movie could still be seen on Hong Kong-based news site and YouTube.

Former state television news reporter Chai Jing said she produced the movie to dramatise the health and societal costs of China’s severe pollution problems.

The film was released this week as China’s legislature kicked off its annual meeting.

It had originally received support from the country’s environment minister.

China’s severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country’s closely watched annual legislative meeting this week.

Two days into the session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged to ‘punish, with an iron hand, any violators who destroy the ecology or environment, with no exceptions,’ according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

At the meeting’s opening event a day earlier, Premier Li Keqiang swore the government would cut back on major pollutants and improve energy efficiency.


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