Broken China

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Journalists and human rights groups say Wu Xianghu has died as a result of a police beating. Wu, a newspaper editor, was beaten in his office by a group of police officers after running an article accusing Taizhou police of collecting illegal fees on electric bicycles. A senior traffic police officer was fired for his role in the beating, but the other officers have apparently not been punished. State news media initially reported the beating, but officials have since banned coverage of the incident as well as Wu's death.