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Journalists probe investigators

REPORTERS attending yesterday’s press conference were given the chance to question members of the team that investigated and ruled on the New Year’s Eve tragedy on the Bund.

Q: Why is that only officials from the Huangpu District government were punished for their roles in the tragedy, while city-level officials and organizations escaped blame?

A: The Huangpu District government was held responsible for the overall management of the incident, while city-level authorities were accountable for guidance and supervision.

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau should also take responsibility for failing to supervise and manage the district-level police bureau, which in turn should take the responsibility for failing to properly assess the risks. (Wang Yu, deputy director of the Shanghai supervision bureau)

Q: Why was the investigation into the tragedy conducted by the Shanghai government rather than the State Council. How did you ensure objectivity and fairness?

A: China’s Emergency Response Law stipulates that all emergency incidents should be investigated by city-level authorities, while workplace accidents are investigated by the state. The Bund incident was a case of the former.

The joint investigation team conducted on-site investigations and collected evidence, held expert discussions and carried out comprehensive research to ensure the results stand up to scrutiny. (Liu Ping, deputy director of the city government’s legislative affairs office)

Q: Why does the investigation report refer to what happened as an “incident” rather than an “accident?” Was it so people could escape blame?

A: The nation’s Emergency Response Law stipulates that those in charge of such events should take legal responsibility. So the use of the word “incident” will not help anyone to evade responsibility. (Liu Ping)

Q: The lantern festival at Yuyuan Garden has been canceled as a result of the Bund tragedy. Has the city government now got new standards for judging whether or not public events should go ahead?

A: The city government reassessed 29 events scheduled to be held in the city between the Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Of those, 24 will still go ahead. (Zhou Bo, Shanghai vice mayor)


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