‘Tank Man’: How journalists smuggled out the iconic Tiananmen Square photo

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Editor’s Note: Mike Chinoy is a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute, and a former Beijing bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent for CNN. He recently published “Assignment China: An Oral History of American Journalists in the People’s Republic.” The interviews in this piece are excerpted from the book. CNN — The shot is iconic: an unidentified man in a white shirt, hands full of bags, facing off against a column of tanks on Beijing’s Avenue of Eternal Peace, after the Chinese Communist Party ordered a bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. The photo and...