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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.

Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 10:11pm

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

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

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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

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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