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Fire victims lose bid for release of information in court

(Global Times)

09:51, December 09, 2011

Victims of last year's Jiaozhou Road fire in Shanghai were denied their request for the release of information regarding a work group handling claims and relief after the fire. A local court ruled the request made was not specific enough.

The blaze victims, who lost their first court case on November 22 to the local government, were seeking the release of public donations and the list of names of staff working in the relief group responsible for distributing them.

They attended the hearing at the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court yesterday.

The group filed applications to the municipal government on September 22 and October 13. They asked it to disclose written materials the relief organization gathered during its yearlong task.

The applications were rejected on October 24.

The defendant's lawyer, on behalf of the local municipal government, argued the local government was not opposed to disclosing official documents, but the victims didn't request any specific ones.

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