Have you noticed anything more on the number of babies in China who’ve died or become ill after being fed baby formula made from milk poisoned by melamine?
I’ve been checking the web for stories and haven’t found any updates since last week’s report of four dead babies and many thousand others who are ill.
Does the absence of news mean there have been no more deaths, or that more babies have died but authorities have clamped down on the media so it’s not being reported?
Update: The Guardian reports:
The government is now playing down the scandal and Chinese lawyers and advocates who have promised to help the families of sick children seek redress say they are facing pressure to abandon the efforts from officials in some provinces.
“About two dozen of the lawyers have called these past days to say they want to quit the volunteer advice group,” Li Fangping, a Beijing lawyer who helped organise the group, told Reuters.
“Some of them said that they or their offices were told they’d face serious repercussions if they stayed involved.”
Even if the media did report numbers, could we believe them?