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Censorship in China

China censors cut 40 minutes off science fiction epic Cloud Atlas

Publicity posters for "Cloud Atlas" at the movie's premiere in Beijing. Photo: AP

State media censors will edit out a hefty 35-minutes of film from German science fiction drama Cloud Atlas before its release next week, Shanghai-based Dongfang Daily reported on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 6:05pm 1 comment

Blocking of coding site has Chinese programmers up in arms

Kai-Fu Lee’s post on Sina Weibo that condemns the blocking of the code-sharing site GitHub.

Chinese censors might believe the Great Firewall is their best tool to block everything online that might threaten state security from outside. However, the wall has in fact become a powerful accelerator of social unrest within the country.

24 Jan 2013 - 12:12am 1 comment

State media slams censors after Skyfall cuts

Berenice Marlohe stars opposite Daniel Craig in the thriller Skyfall.

Xinhua has published a rare admonishment of government censors for cutting and manipulating scenes in the latest James Bond movie, which hit mainland cinemas this week.

23 Jan 2013 - 10:20am 1 comment

Southern Weekly agrees to autonomy deal, says censor

Southern Weekly agrees to autonomy deal, says censor

Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly has regained some of its editorial autonomy, according to a censor at the newspaper.

Zeng Li, writing in his blog, said authorities had agreed that assignment ideas and drafts would no longer require approval from the provincial propaganda department before publication.

22 Jan 2013 - 7:32am

Southern Weekly gives awards to stories scrapped by censors

Southern Weekly gives awards to stories scrapped by censors

The outspoken Southern Weekly honoured the five "best censored stories" of the past year at its annual meeting yesterday. They included a feature removed from the New Year edition which was at the centre of a rare censorship row between the newspaper's editorial staff and the provincial propaganda department.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:53am 2 comments

New editor appointed at paper to calm dispute over censorship

Owners of Southern Weekly make leadership change to resolve dispute between editorial staff and propaganda officials. Photo: Reuters

A more open-minded editor-in-chief has stepped in to run the daily operation of Southern Weekly in the aftermath of the row between its editorial staff and propaganda officials over interference in editorial operations.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:12am

Rare display of mainland media defiance of censorship

Illustration: Henry Wong

For those who pinned high hopes on a new generation of Communist Party leaders, the winter of suffocating media control has come too soon.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Global Times attacked over editorial on Southern Weekly

Global Times attacked over editorial on Southern Weekly

The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid newspaper on the mainland, has come under unprecedented criticism from internet users and journalists following its publication of an editorial on Monday that criticised Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:54am

China targets celebrities over speech freedom comments in censorship row

Plainclothes police take away a protester from near the office of Southern Weekly. Photo: Reuters

As Southern Weekly published its first edition yesterday following a row over editorial intervention by propaganda officials, mainland-based celebrities who showed support for the newspaper were invited to "have tea" with the authorities while activists who joined a protest in Guangzhou were taken away by police.

11 Jan 2013 - 7:18am 2 comments

China's brave journalists stand up to censors

A copy of the Southern Weekly newspaper, published on January 3, 2013, with an editorial article which later sparked anti-censorship protests. Photo: Reuters

China has some of the world's bravest journalists and there are perhaps none more so than those who work for Guangzhou's Southern Weekly. Their landmark protest over censorship of an editorial by propaganda officials won widespread support, prompting authorities to opt for negotiations to end a strike rather than crushing it by force.

11 Jan 2013 - 7:23am 4 comments

Chinese netizens turn to metaphors to condemn, evade censorship

Chinese netizens turn to metaphors to condemn, evade censorship

If you think an ability to read Chinese is the prime skill required to understand China, you are wrong. Living in a country with harsh online censorship, you also need to understand Chinese metaphors.

10 Jan 2013 - 11:37pm 1 comment

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua 'handled newspaper crisis well'

Police try to remove banners from protesters at the headquarters of Nanfang Media Group. Photo: AFP

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua has shown flexibility in resolving the crisis at the outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper, following the approach of his predecessor in tackling emergencies, analysts said.

10 Jan 2013 - 10:33am

Media crisis spreads as row erupts over state meddling at Beijing News

Rights advocates rally in front of the Southern Media Group headquarters in Guangzhou as the Southern Weekend row spreads to Beijing. Photo: NYT

Another respected mainland newspaper yesterday became embroiled in the row over editorial intervention by propaganda authorities, just as officials temporarily resolved a crisis at Guangzhou's Southern Weekly.

10 Jan 2013 - 10:32am 1 comment

Activists are held for supporting Southern Weekly

Supporters of Southern Weekly newspaper argue with police officers during a protest outside the headquarters of the newspaper in Guangzhou. Photo: Vincent Yu

Police detained at least a dozen people on charges of subversion and illegal gathering for participating in activities in support of the embattled Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly this week, activists said yesterday.

10 Jan 2013 - 10:11pm

Southern Weekly row won't lead to a loosening of rules on China's media

Southern Weekly row won't lead to a loosening of rules on China's media

The crisis over censorship at Southern Weekly continued to roil after its journalists agreed to return to work and reports emerged that Tuo Zhen, the head of Guangdong's propaganda ministry, would eventually be removed. The newspaper will print as normal this week, but editors insisted, among other terms, that a letter to readers be published to explain the incident.

10 Jan 2013 - 5:01am 1 comment