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CCTV chiefs gagged over hurdler Liu Xiang's injury at London Olympics

CCTV's Yang Jian wept on air

State television bosses on the mainland knew sporting icon Liu Xiang was seriously injured at the London Olympics, but were prevented from saying so by a government gagging order.

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 3:15am

Lest we forget

June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo Jonathan Cape

Most poetry is to some degree about experience. Much of it, however, filters experience in such a way as to partially or wholly uncouple itself from events. Often, as a result, 'what' it may be about seems secondary to the 'how' it goes about providing meaning.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Liu Xiaobo got jail leave to mourn father's death

Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term on subversion charges, was allowed out of jail briefly last month to mourn the death of his father, his brother said yesterday.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

China's favourite son faces more hurdles

Liu Xuegen answers his mobile on a hilltop at a coastal resort in Hangzhou. He is snatching some precious moments of peace away from his exhausting full-time job - being the dad of China's most celebrated athlete.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

One city, two stars

If Yao Ming was Shanghai's sports hero last year, then hurdler Liu Xiang is this year's champion. On July 11, Liu broke a 13-year-old world record for the 110-metre hurdles at an international event in Lausanne, Switzerland, clocking 12.88 seconds. That achievement tripled his commercial value overnight.

25 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The rise and fall of a career cadre

The scandal that claimed a vice-mayor of Beijing spread last week to the property sector, with the chairman of one of the city's top developers being interrogated as part of a widening probe, which threatens to cast a shadow over the Olympics.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am