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China shuts website of leading reformist magazine

Published on Jan 4, 2013 5:27 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China shut the website of a leading pro-reform magazine on Friday, apparently because it ran an article calling for political reform and constitutional government, sensitive topics for the ruling Communist Party which brooks no dissent.

"Yanhuang Chunqiu" (China Through the Ages) is an influential Beijing magazine that features essays from reformist retired officials.

In a message posted on its official Sina Weibo microblog, the magazine said that it had been informed on Thursday that the site's registration had been cancelled and that it had not been given a reason.

"The magazine is trying to find out details," it said.

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