In a bold move, journalists from the Southern Weekly in Guangzhou called for the resignation of local censors after they changed a new year editorial that called for guaranteed constitutional rights was changed to one extolling the virtues of the Communist Party.
Southern Weekly has long been a thorn in the side of the conservatives who run the Chinese propaganda and media control operations. The magazine regularly pushes the envelope on censorship and investigations. Editors and reporters have been fired and reassigned over the past 10 years because of their ground-breaking (by China’s standards) work.
- CPJ: Southern Weekly journalists air anger with Chinese censors
- BBC: Southern Weekly reporters confront China censors
- AP: Journalists in China make rare stand against censors after changes made to New Year editorial