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.
“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.