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People’s Daily Editor’s Suicide highlights the Plight of Media Personnel in China

On August 22, 2012, Xu Huaiqian, the former editor-in-chief for the Dadi (Earth) supplement of People’s Daily, committed suicide. Xu’s suicide elicited heated responses from Chinese netizens. Xu Huaiqian’s words were quoted in Chinese media and quickly circulated on the Internet.

Xu said: “My pain is that I dare to think but I cannot speak out; I dare to speak out but I cannot write; I dare to write but I have no place to publish.”

Source: BBC Chinese, August 24, 2012