DHARAMSHALA, November 8: In a surprise turn of event, Beijing dismissed chief editor of the People’s Daily, the communist party’s mouthpiece, a few days back.
Chen Jieren, the chief editor of Jiangsu-based People’s Daily online edition wrote: “It is my honor to announce that according to the notification sent to me by People’s Daily two days ago, my job as the Executive Chief Editor has been terminated,” on his dismissal on a Weibo microblog last Tuesday. Chen is a senior figure in the media industry.
Commenting on his dismissal Chen further said, “It is because I have criticized the government too much, and I am viewed as an informer,” and that “the CCP’s propaganda machine cannot hire those who don’t cooperate. Hereafter, the People’s Daily conglomerate cannot hire me again in the future.”
According to US-based newspaper The Epoch Times, a similar incident took place in another news media. Zhu Shunzhong, the chief editor of The Great Wall Monthly and ten staff members were apparently forced to leave the magazine, which forced the suspension of its tenth edition.
Zhu had earlier filed several stories on human rights and political reform in China. And lately he has been involved in the drafting of 100-million Yuan ballot campaign to elect Cao Tian, an independent candidate as the mayor of Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province.
“Even though I am reluctant to leave, I have no choice,” wrote Zhu on a microblog last month.