Date
17 October 2017
Jiang Zemin (right) marked his 90th birthday yesterday but greetings for the former president did not go down well with the authorities. One message (left) was ordered removed. Photos: Facebook, CNSA
Jiang Zemin (right) marked his 90th birthday yesterday but greetings for the former president did not go down well with the authorities. One message (left) was ordered removed. Photos: Facebook, CNSA

Mainland editor sacked for wishing Jiang Zemin happy birthday

A Chinese editor has been sacked and his online media company fined for posting a birthday message for former president Jiang Zemin.

The unnamed editor who directly runs the newsroom was fired on the spot after the post surfaced on the Weibo account of news website ifeng.com, Apple Daily reports.

His superior who posted the message was fined 5,000 yuan (US$754) and faces other unspecified penalties and disciplinary action.

The greeting simply read: “Today is the 90th birthday of a senior; let’s get up early to pray for the old man to live another second longer.”  

The post was ordered taken down by the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the country’s internet regulator, ifeng.com said in a statement to editors and staff.    

The statement said the post was a mistake and might have given people the wrong impression that the company is involved in a political power struggle.

Former Hong Kong Cable TV News presenter Sharon Cheung, who was famously berated by Jiang on camera in 2000, also posted a greeting, complete with a birthday cake topped with a caricature of the former leader.

The post was later removed.

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