Date
24 September 2017
Some textbook publishers are under fire for their coverage of the June 4 crackdown. Photo: HKEJ
Some textbook publishers are under fire for their coverage of the June 4 crackdown. Photo: HKEJ

Critics attack textbook publishers over June 4 coverage

Some teachers and historians have taken the publishers of seven middle-school history textbooks to task for their low-key version of the June 4 crackdown on student protests in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

All of the seven textbooks have been approved by the Education Bureau but none show pictures of tanks sent into the square to suppress students, the report said. Some do not mention casualties among protestors in the crackdown.

One textbook published by Hong Kong Education Publishing Co. included a photograph of then-leader Deng Xiaoping receiving troops.

Ho Pui-yin, vice chair and professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong’s history department, was quoted as saying that the failure to refer to casualties shows that publishers fear not passing the bureau’s review. But Ho said it is wrong not to offer complete information.

The Education Bureau declined to say what guidance it gave publishers on covering the June 4 events.

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