Two words that are as alike as two drops of water. In Mandarin, the word “speech” and “resignation” almost spelled the same way. Almost alone, and that is what caused the dismissal of four journalists as reported by Guardian.
The false resignation Xi Jinping
all starts with the official visit of Chinese President in South Africa. A diplomatic tour that lasts five days and ends on December 5 with a speech Xi Jinping on relations between the two countries.
The announcement of the speech is immediately relayed by the Chinese media, but one of them will commit a major error. Instead of writing “one zhi” (speech), the China News Service writes “it zhi” (resignation). An error taken up by other media, before being corrected an hour later.
Four journalists apart
Despite the correction, the Chinese government has difficulty swallowing the pill. The next day, four journalists of China News Service place their “voluntary” resignation.
The anecdote is not surprising for China which is regularly blamed for his crackdown on journalists . In 2014, RSF accused China of being “the biggest prison for journalists” .
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