Provincial Politics and the Death of Free Media in China (Asia Media; Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief)
By Arnold Zeitlin
Posted: April 1, 2004
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Article reports that on March 19, the former editor-in-chief of the cutting-edge newspaper, Southern Metropolitan Daily, was arrested on charges of embezzlement. Two senior managers were also recently sentenced to long-term imprisonment for bribery and embezzlement. The report indicates that the government is cracking down on Southern Metropolitan for first reporting on the beating death of Sun Zhigang. Southern Metropolitan Daily is also the newspaper that first reported on the emergence of SARS last year.