Red Guard Apologizes for Role in Teacher’s Death
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: Because online public sentiment is complicated, all websites must cool down the story “Song Renqiong’s Daughter Song Binbin Apologizes.” First, remove the article from homepages. Interactive platforms must not pomote related topics. (January 13, 2014)
Song Binbin, the daughter of PLA general Song Renqiong, publicly apologized for her role in the beating death of her school’s deputy principal Bian Zhongyun during the Cultural Revolution. Ms. Song was photographed with Mao as a young Red Guard, but later suffered as her father fell out of favor with the chairman. The article mentioned in the directive appeared in the January 13 edition of the Beijing News [zh].
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