Chinese paper at centre of censorship protests hits newsstands
GUANGZHOU (REUTERS, AP) - The latest issue of a Chinese newspaper at the centre of anti-censorship protests appeared on newsstands in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday as usual, but not its home city Guangzhou.
The latest edition of the Southern Weekly bore no hints of the dispute that erupted last week over a New Year's editorial that was rewritten to praise the Communist Party, driving some staff to stop work in protest.
Still fuming, some editors and reporters tried late on Wednesday to insert a carefully worded commentary praising the newspaper as a tribune of reform, but were rebuffed by management, an editor said.
The editor, who asked not to be named because he had been repeatedly warned not to talk to foreign media, described the mood among the staff as indignant. He predicted that some staff would resign, either voluntarily out of anger or forced out by management.