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China Red Cross Withheld Aid from Distribution Because TV Reporters Were Not There Yet

On April 23, 2013, an article titled, “China Red Cross Withheld Rescue Aid from Distribution While Waiting for TV Reporters” was circulated on several Chinese websites. On April 20, 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Ya’an City in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. There were more than 2,000 aftershocks. According to the information released by the Chinese authorities on April 20, 2013, 192 had died, 23 were missing and 11,470 were injured.  Nearly 2.2 million people were affected.

According to the China Forbidden News Blog, one microblogger who used the name “Mr. Long – Crowded Crazy Nest” angrily complained that the Sichuan Red Cross Department Head named Wang asked his staff members not to distribute any aid to the victims because TV reporters had not arrived there yet. 

Source: China Forbidden News and China News, April 22, 2013