China Assassinating Free Speech

Chinese reporter dies 10 days after being beaten

The death of Sun Hongjie, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post (Editor’s note: ‘Xinjiang’ is communist China’s term for what actually is East Turkestan)  must be fully investigated by regional authorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Editor’s note: another Chinese propaganda term) and by central authorities in Beijing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sun died in a hospital in Kuitun today, 10 days after being beaten by several men at a construction site, international news reports said. At least six young men attacked Sun at the Kuitin construction site, where the reporter had gone to meet a source, according to international news reports. Authorities dismissed journalism-related motives last week, saying the attack stemmed from an online dispute involving a social media acquaintance of Sun. The official account, carried widely in state-sanctioned media, was greeted with skepticism in unofficial online media. Colleagues said Sun often wrote stories critical of the local government, including recent reporting on the demolition of a factory to make way for housing for local party leaders, according to local and international reports. “Until there is a full, independent investigation, the official explanation of Sun Hongjie’s brutal death must be treated with a great deal of skepticism,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator.”

Grateful thanks to CPJ for the information

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