Shaanxi Provincial Committee Propaganda Department: Do not report on [journalist] Song Hailong being beaten at the Tongguan Bureau of Land and Resources. (June 29, 2013)
Song, a reporter for Guangdong’s New West magazine, had gone to investigate a number of deaths at a gold mine in Tongguan County, Shaanxi. When Song went to the county Bureau of Land Resources, bureau head Zhao Yongfeng allegedly had Song surrounded and beaten. People’s Daily reported in October that, while Zhao has since been removed from his position, the investigation into the beating is still ongoing [zh].
The news media are often given more leeway to report corruption outside of the organization’s own locale, while they are discouraged–or, in this case, forbidden–from covering issues at home.
Translation by Mengyu Dong.
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