Chen Tao, a protester from Sichuan environmental protest which turns riot, was quietly executed by China under charges of murdering a riot police. His father was informed by prison warrant only when he tries to visit him at Ya’an jail.
Back then, China also tries to block all media from reporting any protest against the Sichuan Dam in 2004.
Should government of nation block any news which is against national interest? If we are talking about family’s matter, maybe it is best kept within the family.