Chinese Media Reveals Part of China’s Forbidden History

31 May, 2012 at 07:37 | Posted in China | Leave a comment
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By Fang Xiao
Epoch Times Staff

A progressive Chinese media outlet has published a report on the Great Famine under former Communist leader Mao Zedong, a part of China’s history that has been tightly covered up for the past 50 years.

Based on Chinese Communist Party archives, an estimated 45 million Chinese starved to death nationwide between 1958 and 1962 as a result of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” policies that required peasants to abandon their fields and work in steel production.

The report, published by Guangzhou-based Southern People Weekly on May 18, was titled “Remembering the Great Famine with Honesty and Conscience: Memories of the Great Famine of 1959-1961.” It said: “A disaster like the Great Famine, so rarely seen in human history, yet it was neither properly recorded nor properly understood … that fact, like the disaster itself, is a mistake mankind should never have committed.”

Southern People Weekly is owned by Southern Media Group in Guangdong Province and is considered by many to be China’s most liberal and outspoken paper. An investigative report of the Great Famine, a topic long considered taboo by Chinese media, not only reflects the Chinese public’s desire to understand their tumultuous history of the past 60 years under communist rule, but could also be an indication of political reform.

Wang Yang, the reform-minded and recently re-elected party chief of Guangdong province, paid a visit to Southern Media Group’s press center when its reporters were covering the annual two meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference earlier this year.

Wang’s visit is an indication of the close relationship between the liberal media company and the prominent pro-reform member of Hu Jintao’s faction. Wang is likely to be appointed to the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee this fall and will become one of the top cadres in the country.

The Southern People Weekly report was reposted days later by the popular web portals NetEase and Sohu as well as on China’s microblogging service Sina Weibo.

Several other Chinese media have also recently reported on the Great Famine. In April, the Economic Observer ran a report titled “The Great Leap Elegy,” which was widely reposted by Chinese netizens and the major Chinese web portal, Tencent.

VOA noted that the three-year famine has become a hotly debated topic in the Internet war between leftists and liberals, as well as pro-Mao and anti-Mao netizens.

Read the original Chinese article.

via Chinese Media Reveals Part of China’s Forbidden History | Regime | China | Epoch Times

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