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 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 – 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 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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