Hu Yaobang

Guangzhou officials censor HK television

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 February, 1997, 12:00am


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The city remained calm but Guangzhou officials were reluctant to allow residents to see Hong Kong television reports.

Footage of a big-character poster written in 1979 by dissident Wei Jingsheng, warning that Deng would become a dictator, was censored from one report.

Footage of student demonstrations in 1987, which resulted in the purge of general secretary Hu Yaobang, the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang also disappeared.

Front pages or special pullouts were attached to newspapers, containing the full text of the letter issued by the central Government on Deng's death.

The list of the funeral committee, Beijing's first announcement of Deng's death and a big photograph of him were included.

Some newspapers added a brief history of Deng but hardly any provided independent analyses or commentaries on his death.

Most Guangzhou newspapers reached newsstands two hours later than usual. All were printed two to three times more copies than usual but soon sold out.

'What impressed me most is his rectification of the Cultural Revolution,' said one resident, 53.

He said Deng had brought China prosperity but had worries his death might result in a reversal of the economic reforms and open-door policy.

Delegates of Guangdong Provincial People Congress paid tribute before the openings of sub-group meetings.

Many Guangzhou residents said they were not shocked by the news.