English-Language Chinese Newspaper Breaks Silence on Tiananmen Crackdown

From New York Times:

Prosperity Tangible along Chang’an Ave” was the innocuous headline in Global Times, China’s newest English-language newspaper. The text that followed was only slightly more engaging.

But the front-page article on Thursday was in one sense a major exclusive: In it, a state-run media outlet in China officially broke the silence on the June 4, 1989, crackdown on China’s pro-democracy movement.

The coverage — actually a pair of articles appearing on Monday and Thursday — was more notable for having appeared than for what it revealed. The article on Thursday began and ended by contrasting benign scenes of children and tourists around Tiananmen Square this week with what it called the turmoil of the “ Tiananmen incident.”

June 5, 2009, 3:59 AM
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