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[Beijing, April 29, 2003] Two editors at Xinhua News Agency, the official Communist mouthpiece in China, have been removed from their current positions because they published a classified document related to SARS. In addition, their salaries will be reduced for three months.

Reporters without Borders, an international journalist organization based in Paris, states that the classified document was issued by the Communist Party Committee several days ago, and it contained top-secret numbers that Yang Zhidi, senior editor at Xinhua, was unaware of.

Reporters without Borders claims that publishing this document will benefit the fight against the spread of SARS without any harm to China’s regime. It is expected that these two editors will be moved to other posts within Xinhua News Agency.

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