A man wearing a mask with the word 'Silent' holds a banner reading: 'Let"s chase our dreams together, go Southern Weekly newspaper' during a protest outside the headquarters of the newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province
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China newspaper journalists stage rare strike

Journalists at a major Chinese paper, Southern Weekly, have gone on strike in a rare protest against censorship.

The row was sparked last week when the paper's New Year message calling for reform was changed by propaganda officials.

Staff wrote two letters calling for the provincial propaganda chief to step down. Another row then erupted over control of the paper's microblog.

Martin Patience reports from Beijing.

  • 07 Jan 2013
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