Behind the case in which a “reporter” was beaten to death by the owner of illegal mine in Shanxi – Wang Keqin

ESWN has translated a lengthy report by prominent investigative journalist Wang Keqin into the murder of reporter Lan Chengzhang. The original Chinese article is here:

The beating death by pickaxe handles and steel rods of China Trade News’ Shanxi bureau worker Lan Chengzhang by the owner of an illegal coal mine and his gang is one of the hottest story in China this January.

There are many versions of the story circulating around. Lan Chengzhang has left the world 13 days already. How was he beaten to death? What is the truth? Will the same kind of tragedy occur again?

Our reporter went to Datong city (Shanxi) to conduct in-depth investigation in order to answer these questions. From the large number of interviews that our reporter conducted plus the information supplied by the Shanxi provincial and Datong city government, the most detailed description about the death of Lan Chengzhang is the following. [Full text]

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