A Chinese court has ordered the former chief editor of an influential magazine to apologize for challenging an official account of history, as Beijing further tightens limits on freedom of speech.
Hong Zhenkuai cast doubt on the story of the “Five Warriors of Mount Langyashan”, who allegedly jumped off a cliff while fighting the Japanese during World War II rather than surrender.
They are touted as patriotic heroes in schoolbooks and propaganda by China’s ruling Communist Party as part of its nationalistic narrative.
But Hong pointed out discrepancies in the story in two 2013 articles for his progressive magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu, questioning whether two of the five had jumped at all. Read More