China Daily is reporting that an editor whose paper reported on the death of a teenager at an Internet addiction rehab clinic has been fired by local officials:
Liu first broke the story about the beating death of 15-year-old Deng Senshan at a rehab camp in the local Nanguo Morning Post (NMP) on Aug 4, attracting nationwide media coverage.
“I hope my former colleagues at NMP will continue their efforts to successfully run the newspaper, while trying to avoid risks,” he wrote.
Deng was allegedly beaten to death by counselors at the Qihang Salvation Training Camp in Nanning, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Aug 2.
“All Senshan’s family members are very sad about the authorities’ decision to fire the editor, while wondering if the reason behind it was that NMP reported the truth of my son’s death openly and justly,” said Deng Fei, the boy’s father.