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  • Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead

    11/26/2012 3:53:26 PM PST · by BlueDragon · 29 replies
    BBC News World ^ | 20 November 2012 | Raul Mason
    In the era whose secret he uncovered, a journalist's office would have looked just like the one where Yang Jisheng works now. The tiled floor, the grimy window panes, the desk piled two feet high with papers, envelopes and books. The Mao-era radiators. The cigarette ash and the dust. Under Mao Zedong, Yang's good fortune was to find a job as a reporter with China's state-run Xinhua news agency. His misfortune had been to see his father die of hunger in 1961, at the height of the famine that killed an estimated 36 million people: "When my dad died, I...