The Suicide of a Talented Chief Editor

Screenshot Xu Huaiqian from
Screenshot Xu Huaiqian from

Xu Huaiqian graduated from the Department of Chinese 
Literature at Peking University. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in Social Science. Xu then became the Chief Editor of The Earth, part of The People’s Daily, which is a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He died from falling off the 22nd floor of a building, at the age of 44.

Xu Huaiqian suicide NTDTV Earth People's Daily

Xu Huaiqian’s portrait. (NTDTV)

Writer Xu Kun said;

Sun Wenguang, a retired professor of Shandong University, said that Xu Huaiqian would want to uphold the truth and seek justice for the people through the media, but sometimes encountered difficulties.

Sun added;

He further pointed out that the officialdom in mainland China
 is corrupt and issues cannot be resolved through the judicial process. Sun believes that if the media is free, and the legal system 
upholds justice, people in similar situations to Xu’s will not need to resort to suicide.

Voice of America (VOA) reported that more than 10 CCP officials committed suicide in 2012, and that this news was already made public. Media in mainland China normally report such suicides as a result of stress or depression.

Professor Ren Jingjun
 from the Public Health Research Center in Tsinghua University, mentioned in the VOA report that officials who committed suicide were affected by factors such as corruption and competition.

Zhu Jianguo, an independent writer from Shenzhen, pointed out that 
the leading cause of such suicides is the lack of a democratic supervision system. He added that these officials chose to commit suicide before being exposed as corrupted, since they already knew that they would be punished by the current unsound legal system. Following this, the real reasons to their suicides were quickly swept under the rug.

Zhu thus hopes that the society pays more attention to such “suicide from depression” cases.

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