Censorship in China

China censorship storm spreads, Beijing paper publisher resigns in protest

A twitter photo of the Beijing News newsroom on Tuesday evening.

In the aftermath of a rare confrontation between Chinese journalists and Communist Party censors, the publisher of a large Beijing-based newspaper has resigned. 

Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 12:24am 1 comment

Scuffles on second day of protests at Southern Weekly office in Guangzhou

Demonstrators call for press freedom in support of journalists at the Southern Weekly newspaper outside the office in Guangzhou. Photo: AFP

Tensions escalated yesterday as Communist Party loyalists clashed with Southern Weekly supporters outside the Nanfang Media Group's headquarters in Guangzhou.

The disturbances came amid heightened security on the 8second day of protests against censorship at the newspaper.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Southern Weekly reporters to return to work after censorship stand-off

Protesters express opposition to censorship and support for Southern Weekly reporters outside the paper's office. Photo: AFP

Journalists at Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper agreed yesterday to return to work as Guangdong's provincial party chief stepped in to mediate a rare confrontation with the propaganda authorities over interference in its editorial operations, sources said.

9 Jan 2013 - 10:09am 2 comments

Chinese celebrities back Southern Weekly censorship protests

Scores of mainland academics signed a letter to call for the immediate removal of provincial propaganda official Tuo Zhen (above) and for more press freedom. Photo: SCMP

Mainland bloggers and celebrities along with foreign media campaigners threw their support behind journalists at a newspaper enmeshed in a censorship row, after a rare protest for press freedom.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am 2 comments

Southern Weekly protests highlight stalling political reform

The influential Guangzhuo-based <i>Southern Weekly</i> newspaper is mired in a censorship row after an article calling for reform was censored by propaganda officials. Photo: EPA

The crisis at the Southern Weekly escalated on Monday after hundreds of supporters gathered outside the headquarters of the leading Chinese newspaper and demanded that the authorities respect media freedom, which is written clearly in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02pm

Beijing says party’s control of press ‘unshakable’ after Southern Weekly protest

Aman wearing a mask with words "Silent" holds a banner reading: "Let's chase our dreams together." Photo: AP

China’s top propaganda organ has sent out an urgent memo stressing that the Communist Party still had “absolute control” of the press in China – and this would not change, sources said on Tuesday.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:53pm 3 comments

Signs of the Times

The search for a buyer of the high-profile Financial Times newspaper has led British publisher Pearson to China. Photo: AFP

Three months after British media company Pearson reportedly started testing the waters for a possible sale of its flagship newspaper, the Financial Times, the company’s advisers have come all the way to China in their search for potential buyers.

8 Jan 2013 - 9:48am

Guangzhou protesters call for press freedom and end to censorship

Protest banners and flowers are laid outside the Southern Weekly office in Guangzhou. Photo: AP

The area outside the Southern Weekly's headquarters in central Guangzhou turned into a people's square yesterday, with several hundred people staging a peaceful demonstration calling for an end to media censorship.

8 Jan 2013 - 3:27pm 3 comments

Hundreds support Southern Weekly's anti-censorship rally

A Guy Fawkes mask among protest symbols. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of supporters of Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper protested outside its headquarters yesterday in support of staff involved in a row with the provincial propaganda authorities.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:27pm

Chinese leaders must back up rhetoric with action

Mainland leaders should make use of the social media wisely. Photo: NYT

Clean government is the mantra of Beijing's new leaders and they are taking every opportunity to make their expectations known. Incoming president Xi Jinping seems to have gone a step further in his quest for transparency and openness with an account on the weibo microblogging site.

8 Jan 2013 - 7:23am

Protesters demand press freedom over censorship row at Southern Weekly

Protest banners and flowers laid outside the headquarters of the Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou on Monday. Photo: AP

Protesters gathered on Monday at the offices of a Guangdong newspaper at the centre of a censorship row, in a rare public demonstration on the mainland in support of media freedom.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:12pm

There is always a power: a tribute to Southern Weekly

A New Year edition of Southern Weekly, center, published on Thursday Jan. 3, 2013, is exhibited at a newsstand in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Photo: AP

Now that they have deleted two of my Weibo retweets, I have to write something down.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:16pm 1 comment

Southern Weekly censorship row escalates as staff strike, hundreds sign petition

Students from Nanjing Normal University show their support for Southern Weekend. Photos: SCMP

Editorial staff at Southern Weekly decided to stage a strike after a dramatic turn of events last night that aggravated a potential major crisis facing the Communist Party's new leadership.

It is the first time in more than two decades that the editorial staff of a major newspaper has openly staged a strike against government censorship.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:19pm 2 comments

Former 'Southern Weekly' journalists want propaganda chief Tuo Zhen to go

Tuo Zhen

The row over the propaganda authorities' interference in the Southern Weekly newspaper deepened yesterday, with former journalists and interns at the paper calling for the resignation of Guangdong propaganda chief Tuo Zhen.

In a rare, direct confrontation with authorities, 51 of its former staff denounced Tuo's interference as "ignorant and excessive".

8 Jan 2013 - 2:17pm 2 comments

Tuo Zhen, crusading journalist turned Guangdong propagandist

Tuo Zhen has been under fire for censorship. Photo: SCMP

Guangdong's propaganda chief, under fire for altering the New Year edition of the outspoken Southern Weekly, was once a crusading journalist known for his reports on the plight of the poor and deprived.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:19pm