Saturday, July 2, 2016

Zhu Tiezhi-China Communist party journal Deputy editor suicide

Deputy editor of China Communist party journal commits suicide-AFP

  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 09:38 IST
  • BEIJING: The deputy editor of the Chinese Communist party’s top theoretical journal has committed suicide, reports said, sending speculation swirling over political infighting, freedom of thought and corruption.
    Zhu Tiezhi, 56, a well-known essayist on party theories and the deputy editor-in-chief of Qiush--’Seeking Truth’--hanged himself in the magazine’s garage, Chinese media said.
    Citing an unnamed friend, Chinese media group Ca ix in said he had been depressed by ideological disputes in recent years between reformists and increasingly vocal conservative academics .
    If the ruling party cannot solve real problems, “ideological debates would become empty talk to undermine the mutual trust between the party, the government it leads and the people”, it quoted one of Zhu’s articles as reading.
    Under President Xi Jinping, authorities have tightened the space for debate both within the party and in wider society. Zhu believed a scholar must preserve his integrity, independent way of thinking and unique views, the report cited the friend saying.
    But “that concern does not sit well with the party’s call for all members and cadres to unite behind the party lines”, Caixin said., a website run by the Communist Party’s mouthpiece the People’s Daily, carried a brief report Sunday on Zhu’s death, without elaborating on the cause.

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