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The Independent: China's culture of secrecy 'deadly to society'


Excerpted from The Independent:

Sharon Hom, executive director of HRIC, said the report would "tunnel down and look at the state secret system and see what is its impact on policy and the practice of the rule of law and governance."

"In these cases, the state secrets charge opened the door," said Ms Hom. "The scope and comprehensiveness and retroactivity of this system is not really known. Environment issues, natural disasters, population statistics, health hazards – all of these can be swept in and retrospectively classified as state secrets."

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