Tiananmen Square Massacre – Facts, Fiction and Propaganda

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“As far as can be determined from the available evidence, NO ONE DIED that night in Tiananmen Square.” What?! Who would make such a blatant propagandist claim? China’s communist party? Nope. It was Jay Mathews, who was Washington Post’s Beijing Bureau Chief in 1989. He wrote this for Columbia Journalism Review.

In fact, many western papers – including the New York Times and Washington Post – occasionally have reiterated this point, only to go back to the “massacre” story. For example, in June 13, 1989, NY Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff – who was in Beijing at that time – wrote, “State television has even shown film of students marching peacefully away from the [Tiananmen] square shortly after dawn as proof that they [protesters] were not slaughtered.” In that article, he also debunked an unidentified student protester who had claimed in a sensational article that Chinese soldiers…

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