No green award for whistle-blower

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 8:59am

Jailed environmental whistle-blower Wu Lihong , who first revealed to the public the devastating algal bloom on Jiangsu's Tai Lake, is not in contention for this year's Green China People of the Year awards and could instead be named an environmental villain, an award organiser said yesterday.

Nominations for the awards, organised by seven government departments and held annually since 2005, began on Sunday, but where in the past only good environmental works have been recognised, this year the organisers will also deliver a list of villains at the end of the process.

Given the frequent water pollution incidents that have plagued the mainland this year, including the serious outbreak of algae in Tai Lake as well as in Yunnan's Dian Lake and Anhui's Chao Lake, the organisers said the theme this year would be water resources protection.

But Wu, the most prominent and controversial of the mainland's environmental activists this year, would not be in the running for anything but a villain's award because last month he was jailed for three years for fraud and extortion, organiser Wang Panpu said.

Mr Wang, who is the chief secretary of the organising committee, said: 'The local government has informed us that Wu had not been carrying out the environmental campaigns he himself claims or the media reported.'