1970-01-01 08:00 三立在线
摘要：I agree with the statement that there should be absolutely no deception in terms of the information transmitted from the government, through the media, to the people. This has been demonstrated though several “information crises” that h
I agree with the statement that there should be absolutely no deception in terms of the information transmitted from the government, through the media, to the people. This has been demonstrated though several “information crises” that happened in China due to the coverage of information imposed by the government. The two rather significant crises were the SARS incident which happened in 2003 and the San Lu milk powder scam, 2008.
In the spring of 2003, a horrific disease broke out in Beijing called SARS. The news of outbreak was modified by the government, modifying the shocking amount of people infected to a smaller number. The hospitals were affected by this modification: many small hospitals did not know the existence or the symptoms of this air-transmitted disease. Consequently, there were more contractions of SARS among the doctors, nurses and patients. This resulted in the mass of citizens believing in false rumors along with emphasized effects of SARS, creating a panic among the mass. After nearly 40 days did the government promulgate the actual “news” and details of SARS and the combating of SARS. Time was wasted and more lives perished due to the government concealment of SARS. Therefore concealing the truth from the public is detrimental to the well-being of the society.
This is also demonstrated by the San Lu milk powder incident, which happened recently. The company San Lu was revealed to be adding a chemical to its baby milk powder. While this chemical falsely boosted the protein index, it also causes kidney-stone within the drinker through accumulation. The local government knew the milk powder quality problem during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but decided to cover it till all the foreigners leave China after the Olympics. This way, China’s “face” would still look good. But this coverage led to more ignorant parents feeding their innocent babies with the infiltrated milk powder. Eventually, up to 600 babies had significant negative effects from the milk powder. If the government did not hide the truth of the poor quality milk powder, less babies would have been affected. Therefore, disasters should not be substituted with deception by the government under any condition.
The two examples both support the statement that deception should not be committed under any circumstance, in particular the government should never be deceiving the public.