By Louisa Lim
BBC correspondent in Beijing
A Chinese court has sentenced the former general manager of an outspoken newspaper to 12 years in prison for bribery and corruption.
In China’s tightly-controlled media market, the Southern Metropolis News was one of the most fearless papers.
The newspaper has repeatedly embarrassed the authorities by exposing official wrongdoing.
In a further development to the story, blogger “News Insider” (in Chinese) at ChinaNewsman has reported that Cheng Yizhong, the charismatic Chief Editor of Southern Metropolis News, has been forced to resign from some of his posts within the newspaper group and is under investigation in relation to the same alleged corruption case.