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Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times
Beijing, January 04, 2013
Chinese journalists working for a state-supported newspaper have issued a complaint against government censors for changing a New Year editorial urging political reform into a piece praising the government. At least 60 journalists from the Southern Weekly, published from the highly-industrialised Guangdong province in South China, issued a complained Thursday about the changes made to the editorial.

On Friday, another 35 former reporters from the newspaper called for the resignation of Guangdong’s propaganda chief, a senior of the Communist Party of China, for interfering. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/1/05_01_pg17a.jpg

“If the media should lose credibility and influence, then how can the ruling party make its voice heard or convince its people?” a letter they issued said.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) on Thursday said it regretted that a senior journalist from the New York Times was forced to leave China as his accreditation was delayed.

The FCCC said the reluctance to issue accreditation to Chris Buckley could be a way of penalising the NYT for the story it did on Premier Wen Jiabao’s family using his name to accumulate wealth.