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Censored China paper insists on right to truth

Published on Jan 2, 2014 1:38 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese newspaper at the centre of rare protests over government censorship last January when its New Year message was altered insisted on its right to "express the truth" in this year's article on Thursday.

The row at the Southern Weekly newspaper blew up when an article urging greater protection of people's rights was replaced by one praising the ruling Communist Party.

Demonstrators massed outside the offices of the popular liberal newspaper in the southern city of Guangzhou, in a rare stand-off against authorities over media freedom.

This year's New Year message focused on the newspaper's values in fighting for truth on its 30-year anniversary.

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