students in Tiananmen Square and meet their reasonable demands. The central authorities should hold a genuine dialogue participated in by responsible persons of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council."
The journalists who signed the open letter are from Renmin ribao, Gongren ribao, Xinhua News Agency, Zhongguo qingnian bao, Nongmin ribao [Farmers daily], Keji ribao [Science and technology daily], Jingji ribao [Economic daily], Guangming ribao, Zhongguo funa bao [Chinese women's newspaper], Beijing ribao, Central Broadcasting Station, China Television Station, International Broadcasting Station, and China Daily.
Personnel from Nineteen Overseas and Home Media Send Letter to Zhao Ziyang and Li Peng
Source: Zhongguo Xinwen She (China News Agency) (Hong Kong) ( May 18, 1989); FBIS, May 18, p. 70.
Nineteen overseas and home news media this afternoon sent a letter to CPC Central Committee General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and State Council Premier Li Peng in which they called on the highest-ranking leaders to open dialogue with students on an equal basis as quickly as possible.
The letter said: "The student hunger strike in Tiananmen Square has entered its sixth worrisome day! The situation has reached a very critical point. It is of concern to the whole country and is being focused on by the whole world. Yesterday, in Beijing the number of citizens participating in the call to support the students reached millions! This demonstrates that the student prodemocracy movement has received extensive support from the broad masses."
"We have just learned from a news broadcast that you made a trip to the hospital this morning to visit the hunger-striking students currently under medical treatment. We sincerely urge you to make use of the opportunity of this visit to arrange a direct meeting, in the fastest possible way, with students on hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, in which substantial dialogue can be conducted. Both the government and the students have repeatedly stated that the fundamental goals of both sides are identical. Both agree on eliminating corruption, making reform a reality, and launching China