Do not report on Macau Liaison Office head Zheng Xiaosong’s death after falling from a building while suffering from depression. (October 20, 2018) [Chinese]
Zheng’s mysterious death occurred on October 20. The news was not blacked out entirely: official statements and a brief announcement from the state news agency Xinhua were reposted in place of independent reporting, and some blog commentary also appeared.
Radio Free Asia reported last week on a similar case involving a former editor-in-chief of People’s Daily:
A journalist surnamed Zheng with a state media organization told RFA that Hu was a well-known figure in the party’s tightly controlled official media and propaganda system, where many people suffer mental strain from having to repeat the party line rather than reporting on the issues of the day.
[…] “Depression is very common in the media, because the amount of fakery we have to write gets to us psychologically,” she said. “Maybe she felt that she was still a person of conscience. Who knows? It’s complicated.” [Source]
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