Hot! China Bans Air Pollution Documentary

“City in Pollution” by leniners is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

City in Pollution” by leniners is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

A highly critical documentary about China’s smog problem went viral with over 200 million views within a week, prompting the Chinese government to change its mind and disallow it on the internet, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The film, Under the Dome, was launched online through official Chinese media on March 1, according to USA Today.

Chai Jing, a former Chinese news anchor, “was inspired by fears over how air pollution affected her infant daughter, who was born with a benign tumor,” and self-funded the 104-minute film which took a year to make, reports USA Today.

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The documentary garnered widespread attention and praise from environmental activist and lobbyists, and went viral with a week. Reportedly on March 8, the Chinese government reversed its decision and banned the film, blocking it from major Chinese websites.

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