Online messages allowed Chinese to learn quickly about an accident involving two new high-speed trains. The public has reacted furiously to a lack of transparency about the cause.
Li Chengpeng belongs to a new breed of Chinese authors who have to come to prominence in the era of the Internet. His novel brought social criticism, widely available online, to a broad print audience – uncharted waters in China's censorship regime.
Hu Shuli had sought to boost the independence of China's top investigative business magazine, Caijing. Her resignation reflects Beijing's shrinking tolerance for free media.
The article referencing the June 4, 1989, 'incident' appeared only in an English-language publication.
But winning credibility as an objective news source will be a hurdle, experts say.