China Cracks Down on Media

    Pro-government protesters hold flags, banners and portraits of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong outside the headquarters of Nanfang Media Group in Guangzhou on January 9, 2013.  A Chinese weekly newspaper at the centre of rare public protests about government censorship will publish as usual on January 10, a senior reporter said, following reports of a deal to end the row.  The row at the popular liberal paper, which had an article urging greater rights protection replaced with one praising the ruling communist party, has seen demonstrators mass outside its headquarters in the southern city of Guangzhou.       AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Protesters at newspaper office in Guangzhou. (AFP/Getty)

    The Chinese government insisted Tuesday that Communist Party control over the media is “unshakable,” according to an “urgent memo” sent from the Propaganda Department to the media. “The party has absolute control over the media,” the memo read. The move comes after anti-censorship protests were held outside the offices of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou earlier this week. On Tuesday, so-called new leftists—government supporters carrying pictures of Mao Zedong—clashed with the anti-censorship protesters, causing police to get involved. The memo ordered all media and websites to “prominently republish” an editorial that reinforces the government’s hardline censorship policies, and it blamed “activists”—including Chen Guangcheng—for causing the protests.

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