China media censorship row: Journos reach deal



Sydney: A Chinese weekly newspaper that staged a rare protest against government censorship will publish as usual following reports of a deal to end the row.

A reporter at Southern Weekly said that the newspaper would publish as normal on Thursday.

The row had emerged after an article in the paper urging greater rights protection was replaced with one praising the ruling Communist Party.

Sydney: A Chinese weekly newspaper that staged a rare protest against government censorship will publish as usual following reports of a deal to end the row.

A reporter at Southern Weekly said that the newspaper would publish as normal on Thursday.

The row had emerged after an article in the paper urging greater rights protection was replaced with one praising the ruling Communist Party.

According to the Herald Sun, the South China Morning Post said Guangdong province's communist chief Hu Chunhua, a rising star in the party, had stepped in to mediate in the row.

Under the deal, journalists involved in the protests would not be punished and propaganda authorities would no longer directly interfere in content before publication, Dow Jones Newswires said.

According to the report, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Southern Weekly''s offices on Wednesday, holding banners calling for press freedom.

At their peak on Monday the demonstrations drew hundreds of people in a rare public challenge to the authorities on issues of press freedom.

(ANI)