China removes editor of feisty tabloid – Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley

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The top editor of one of China’s boldest newspapers has been dismissed in what observers said was a move to strengthen Communist Party control over the media.

Yang Bin, the editor-in-chief of the Beijing News – a tabloid that has often reported on official missteps and misdeeds – was removed on Wednesday, Chinese journalists and media experts said.

The precise reasons for Yang’s dismissal were unclear. But Pu Zhiqiang, a Beijing-based lawyer who often represents journalists and knew of Yang’s removal, said party officials had accused the paper of ‘multiple errors’.

Blogger An Ti broke this news and is calling for a boycott of the newspaper on his blog.

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December 29, 2005 4:19 AM
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