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UPDATED: September 8, 2008 No.37 SEP.11, 2008

Anchorwoman Censored

Zhang Danhong

, a senior editor at Deutsche Welle, recently became a household name in China after the German broadcaster suspended her for allegedly "making pro-China remarks."

Zhang told Beijing-based International Herald Leader newspaper on August 26 that the company had imposed an indefinite suspension on her and accused her of failing to safeguard Deutsche Welle's principles.

An official release posted on Deutsche Welle's Chinese website on August 29 said that some viewpoints that Zhang gave in an earlier interview were considered inconsistent with the broadcaster's fundamental principles.

Zhang was invited to take part in a talk show on Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, a national TV broadcaster in Germany, on August 4 along with people who had varying opinions of China. According to the International Herald Leader, Zhang criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel's China policy that she said had soured bilateral relations and defended the Chinese Government's efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and language.

Zhang's remarks drew a barrage of criticism from German media organizations and political figures until Deutsche Welle withdrew her from the broadcast booth.

A 42-year-old Beijing native, Zhang studied German in China's Peking Universitay and Germany's University of Cologne. She joined Deutsche Welle's Chinese program in 1990 as an editor and was promoted to deputy editorial director of the program in 2004.

True Face of Beauty

When she lit the Beijing Paralympic flame on August 28, hearing-and-speech-impaired emcee Jiang Xintian again caught the attention of the world.

The last time Jiang was at the center stage of the world was on April 20, 2003, when she won the Media Focus Prize at the finals of Miss China Universe Pageant in Jinan City, east China's Shandong Province. She was the first contestant with a hearing disability in the Miss Universe Pageant in 52 years.

Jiang, 24, lost her hearing three months after her birth, due to an overdose of antibiotics. Despite numerous hardships, she never gave up the pursuit of a normal life.

Jiang is a now a student at the Electronic and Information Technology School of Beijing Union University. She also serves as stage presenter of the China Disabled Persons' Performing Art Troupe, whose performance was a major part of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games on September 6.

Cop Killer Convicted

The 28-year-old Yang Jia was given a death sentence by the Shanghai No.2 People's Intermediate Court on September 1, two months after he launched a surprise attack on a Shanghai police station.

In the bloodshed that shocked the nation on July 1, Yang stabbed six police officers to death and injured four other people. He was apprehended on the site and confessed to the killings, prosecutors said.

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