The Chinese government stated last month that a “Zero Rejection” policy would be implemented, i.e., that upon an interview or inquiry request made by a foreign media, responses must be given within 24 hours. However, according the the BBC, this is not the reality that Michael Bristow, a BBC reporter stationed in Beijing, discovered.
The BBC office in Beijing issued 10 questions and inquiries to different Chinese government departments, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Commerce, the Baoji City government, the Lhasa local government in Tibet and the Beijing Municipal Government. However, all the questions were kicked back and forth without any answers being given.
Source: BBC Chinese, September 18, 2009