Southern Weekend

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 Peop

Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 4:02pm

Odd stirrings online amid official silence as authorities plan Southern Weekly's future

Global Times prints a bizarre accusation, propaganda authorities make a halfhearted attempt to rein in China's most outspoken newspapers, part of which for the moment centres around those ever handy 'hostile foreign forces'.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:32pm

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

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

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's moment of reckoning

Southern Weekly employee "Nomilk" posted a newsroom photo late Sunday night to thank supporters.

Online protests have grown in intensity over the past few days following a fumbled attempt to censor one of China's most respected newspapers, and are expected to manifest outside the media company's offices today, amid talk of a strike and demands for one propaganda official's resignation.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:09pm 2 comments

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

Journalists call for censor to quit over editorial scandal

"We are closer than ever before to our dreams". Photo: SCMP Pictures

Dozens of journalists have demanded the resignation of Guangdong's propaganda chief, after he swapped one newspaper's new year's outlook with his own piece praising the “Chinese Dream”.



8 Jan 2013 - 2:20pm

Guangdong propagandists fight back amid outlash over Southern Weekly censorship

Dragon TV's coverage of the Southern Weekend controversy.

Thursday afternoon it became apparent that orders had been sent to Sina Weibo to silence Southern Weekly reporters with accounts on the microblog platform.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:21pm 1 comment

Outrage at Guangdong newspaper forced to run party commentary

The revised headline for a toned-down commentary in Southern Weekly says, "We are closer than ever before to our dreams".

Journalists at an outspoken newspaper in Guangdong challenged the provincial propaganda authorities yesterday after the paper was forced to run a commentary glorifying the Communist Party and drop an article calling for proper implementation of the constitution.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:24pm

Guangdong censor's clumsy hatchet job sparks fierce backlash

Tuo Zhen

Guangdong's propaganda chief canned one newspaper's lofty look forward to 2013 and ran his own bland piece in its place; Southern Weekly, it turns out, is still too sacred a cow for the Communist Party to mess with, judging from the intensity of public anger in response.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:24pm 1 comment