A Beijing district court on Friday refused to accept a lawsuit filed by outspoken political journal Yanhuang Chunqiu against its supervising organisation, the Chinese National Academy of Arts, over the sacking of its publisher and demotion of its chief editor, a lawyer said. Yanhuang Chunqiu , which has the support of senior liberal veterans in the Communist Party, said the sacking last week breached a written agreement over the journal’s independence. Their ambiguity indicated that the case ... was interfered with by some external factors Mo Shaoping, lawyer, on the court’s refusal Beijing-based lawyer Mo Shaoping, who is one of two lawyers representing the magazine, saidthe case they filed one week ago in Chaoyang District Court, was turned down with no reason given. “The court refused to give us a reason in black and white, which we can use as a legal statement to appeal to an intermediate court,” Mo said. Outspoken liberal Chinese magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu stops publication after management purge “Their ambiguity indicated that the case, which is a simple case involving contract disputes between Yanhuang Chunqiu and its contract party, was interfered with by some external factors.” He said the agreement between Yanhuang Chunqiu and the academy, which was assigned by the Ministry of Culture to oversee the publication, promised editorial independence and freedom in making decisions related to human resources and finances, all within the confines of the constitution. The 25-year-old influential journal, which had a monthly circulation of nearly 200,000 and financial independence, has voiced support for constitutional democracy and been known to contest the official version of party history. It stopped publication on Sunday after a July 13 reshuffle of top management that included the sacking of long-time publisher Du Daozheng. Top management led by Du, 92, decided to sue the academy and hired Mo and his colleague Ding Xikui to represent the magazine. “The academy’s move to unilaterally terminate the agreement by removing all the newsroom staff and appointing a new management is a typical defaulting move,” Mo said. Publisher sacked at outspoken Chinese political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu After negotiations, the district court agreed to send a presiding judge on Monday to meet the lawyers and explain the reasons for rejecting the suit, Mo said. If the presiding judge still refused to issue a legal statement explaining the rationale, Mo said they would complain to the leadership of the district court.