In Taiwan, the Taipei edition of Apple Daily says 4 June is more significant than usual this year because many people want Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to give an official apology for the crackdown. "From 1949 to 1989, the Chinese Communist regime killed tens of thousands of people directly or indirectly. This had nothing to do with Xi Jinping. If he takes the lead in apologising, it will have highly positive symbolism, and it will also strengthen the legitimacy of Communist rule," the editorial says.
Over in the mainland, Ming Pao notes that internet users have kept censors busy by commemorating 4 June with online puns using the numbers 89 and 64. There are also online calls for users to post photos of themselves wearing black mourning clothes. Candle icons posted by thousands of people on Sina Weibo, a mainland microblog platform, have also been censored along with dozens of search terms related to 4 June, South China Morning Post reports. Hong Kong Cable TV says police intercepted Hong Kong reporters heading for the national flag-raising ceremony in Beijing's Tiananmen Square this morning and detained them for over an hour.
Another Global Times commentary calls on Chinese journalists to "reflect rationally" on recent social media guidelines for staff at the Associated Press and to refrain from posting "unconstrained" views that are at odds with their publications. "A process is needed for eliminating the 'politicization' of social networks, in which media professionals should make efforts instead of exacerbating problems. Professional media outlets in China should maintain their influence and judgment, and avoid acting as a loud-hailer for social networks," the commentary stresses.
However, commentator Hu Yong in China Youth Daily says it is unrealistic for journalists to remain totally objective in a social media age. "If social media policies prevent dialogue among journalists, journalists will have also lost an opportunity for reflection," Hu Yong concludes. Finally, Beijing Times, Global Times and other mainland newspapers are outraged at the deaths of at least 120 people who were trapped inside a poultry slaughterhouse that caught fire yesterday in Changchun, Jilin province. A Global Times reporter at the scene says that almost all the doors of the workshops were locked on the outside, and only a narrow side exit had been left open, which made escaping difficult.
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