Feisty Chinese Journalists Get Brief Taste of Freedom in Covering Train Crash

When a high-speed train crash killed dozens of people in China in July, the Communist government tried to do what it normally does in such situations: Control media coverage of the event.

But a funny thing happened when government officials tried to dictate which aspects of the story to cover and which to ignore: Chinese journalists rebelled.

Instead of doing the government's bidding - focusing on the soft, human interest angles of the tragedy - Chinese reporters started asking tough questions about what might have caused the crash, and whether officials were ignoring safety concerns in a headlong rush to build a high-speed rail network.