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‘A Power Capable of Making Us Weep’

Hu Yong
This September, the editors of the online edition of the 21st Century Business Herald—a leading Chinese business newspaper based in Guangzhou and owned by Southern Media Group (Nanfang Baoye Jituan)—came under investigation on charges of extortion...



Censored: A Chinese Journalist’s Inside View

Jonah Kessel
Journalist Liu Jianfeng worked at the China Economic Times newspaper in Beijing for fifteen years. Eventually, frustration with the nation’s state-controlled media system and pressure from his colleagues prompted him to quit. He then did brief...



Media Censorship and Its Future

Ouyang Bin
The year 2013 has gotten off to an inauspicious start for China’s press, especially for its most outspoken members. At the end of last year, when many of the country’s media were heralding newly installed Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to...

China's Press Freedom Goes South

Annie Zhang
Censorship is commonplace, but is usually more subtle, with directives described over the phone rather than by email (where it leaves a trail).

China Said to Crack Down on Censorship Protests

Edward Wong
People across China have been detained or questioned for supporting protesting Southern Weekend journalists.

Censored China Newspaper Returns to Publishing Amid Struggles

Edward Wong and Jonathan Ansfield
Propaganda officials in south China have agreed to loosen controls over a newspaper struggling against censorship.

A Bowl of Hot Porridge: A Song for Southern Weekend

David Bandurski
The Beijing News published a loving tribute, yes, to porridge. In particular, to the porridge of the south. But it is really a song of love and support for Southern Weekly. 

Solzhenitsyn, Yao Chen, and Chinese Reform

Evan Osnos
When a Chinese ingénue, beloved for comedy, doe-eyed looks, and middle-class charm, tweets Solzhenitsyn's words, we may be seeing a new relationship between technology, politics, and Chinese prosperity. ...



Online and Off, Social Media Users Go to War for Freedom of Press in China

from Tea Leaf Nation
When Mr. Tuo Zhen, the propaganda chief of Guangdong province, rewrote and replaced the New Year’s editorial of the Southern Weekend newspaper without the consent of its editors, he probably did not think it would make much of a splash. Indeed, Mr...

Inside the Southern Weekly Incident

David Bandurski
A Hong Kong University media scholar's review of the strife that led to a strike at one of China's most influential newspapers...

Censorship Protest a Test for Reform-minded China

Jaime Florcruz
For two days, journalists at the Southern Weekly offices and hundreds of their supporters called for free speech.

The Old Fears of China’s New Leaders

Jonathan Mirsky
I felt a shudder of déjà vu watching the mounting protests inside China this week of the Communist Party for censoring an editorial in Southern Weekend, a well-known liberal newspaper in the southern city of Guangzhou. It is all too similar to the...

Supporters Back Strike and Newspaper in China

Edward Wong
Hundreds gathered outside the headquarters of a newspaper office in southern China to support journalists who had declared a strike to protest censorship by officials.