Chinese journos confront state censors over editorial control

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 06:30 hrs

In a rare protest against censorship, journalists at a leading Chinese newspaper have called for a propaganda chief to resign, accusing him of being 'dictatorial' in an era of 'growing openness'.

Prominent former staff and interns at the Southern Weekly urged the official to quit after he changed an editorial into a Communist Party tribute.

According to the BBC, the row at the Southern Weekly, known for hard-hitting investigations, emerged after a new year editorial calling for guaranteed constitutional rights was changed at the last minute to one extolling the virtues of the Communist Party.

In two open letters, 35 prominent former staff and 50 interns at the paper have demanded the resignation of the provincial propaganda chief in Guangdong, Tuo Zhen.

They said the move amounted to 'crude' interference. (ANI)

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