A senior editor at Xinhua news was found dead in his office in Anhui on monday night, and is the victim of an apparent suicide. As could be expected with a death at the nation’s biggest propaganda-outlet, however, there has been no official comment on the matter and nobody knows what the hell is going on.
Reports that a man had died in his office started trickling in this morning, and it has only been with a recent South China Morning Post article that a mainstream outlet was able to link the death with reports of a suicide. The man is apparently Song Bin, the vice-president and chief editor of the news organization’s Anhui branch. The SCMP reports:
A person close to the initial investigation said Song hanged himself in the office following a long struggle with depression. Another person said Song had just been promoted to lead Xinhua’s bureau in Hainan last week.
Xinhua has not officially announced Song’s death. The news agency’s Anhui bureau was not immediately available for comment.
SCMP notes that Song’s bureau was linked to corruption and had been recently investigated for graft as part of Xi Jinping’s on-going crack-down.
[Image from Xinhua via SCMP]