Chinese censors provoke media outcry
Editing of paper's New Year message casts doubts on Beijing's promise of openness
A clash between China's censors and two of the country's respected media outlets has cast doubts on the new central leadership's promise of greater openness.
The Guangzhou-based Southern Weekend saw its New Year message - which made the case for stronger constitutional rule in China - altered at the last minute by Guangdong's provincial propaganda chief.
The act triggered an online furore and a rare group protest by the paper's reporters calling for the resignation of the official involved, Mr Tuo Zhen, who reportedly had the message edited to sing praises of the Communist Party.
The original article titled "China dream, the dream of constitutionalism" had argued that "only by realising rule by Constitution, effectively checking power, can citizens vocally criticise authority".