Tiananmen will not be forgotten

It is an honour for South Africa to host the World Newspaper Congress which will be attended by over 1500 publishers, editors and other senior executives.

It is an honour for South Africa to host the World Newspaper Congress which will be attended by over 1500 publishers, editors and other senior executives.

Interestingly, the opening ceremony yesterday coincided with the 18th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Imprisoned Chinese journalist Shi Tao will be awarded the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom at the event, much to the chagrin of mainland China.

Shi is serving a 10-year sentence in China on charges of "leaking state secrets" for writing an e-mail about media restrictions in the run-up to the anniversary of the massacre in 2004.

The Chinese government would prefer that the massacre be forgotten, but we have great confidence in the media to expose the true events of June 4 1989.

It is impossible for journalists to be silent witnesses to crimes against humanity. The eternal sleep of the innocent students that died at Tiananmen has awoken the consciousness of journalists worldwide.

The Chinese people have also not forgotten the massacre. At last year's anniversary of the massacre, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents attended a candlelight vigil. This year a similar turnout is expected.

Peter Huang, Sandton

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