Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Unconfirmed: Sun Hongjie
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Unconfirmed: Sun Hongjie, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d690c.html [accessed 23 July 2014]|
Northern Xinjiang Morning Post
December 28, 2010, in Kuitun, China
Reporter Sun died in a hospital in Kuitun, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, 10 days after being beaten by several men at a construction site, news reports said. At least six young men attacked Sun at the site, where the reporter had gone to meet a source.
Authorities dismissed journalism-related motives, saying the attack stemmed from an online dispute involving a social media acquaintance of Sun. The official account, carried widely in state-sanctioned media, was greeted with skepticism in unofficial online media. Colleagues said Sun often wrote stories critical of the local government, including recent reporting on the demolition of a factory to make way for housing for local party leaders, according to local and international reports.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.