Protests Over Chinese News Censorship Grow

  • Hundreds of people staged protests outside the headquarters of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou over a censored editorial. Journalists had staged a strike against the New Year editorial which was rewritten by a local propaganda chief to display solidarity with the ruling communist party. Hundreds of locals joined in carrying signs. The growing demands for a relaxation of the Chinese government’s censorship on media heralds a new era of freedom, observers say. The issue has attracted much attention in China’s social media sites and authorities have blocked searches for 'Southern Weekly', 'southern', 'weekend' and associated words.

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