China ratchets up control on expression – Robert Marquand

 2006 0103 Csmimg P6B From A top editor was fired, web logs and cellphones have been restricted.

An emotional strike by 100 journalists at this city’s most popular and lively newspaper follows a 16-month campaign to quash a broad range of “unapproved” public speech in areas verging on politics or society – a campaign that includes Internet blogs, and new restrictions on cellphones designed to smoke outsenders of renegade text messages.

In the case of , whose progressive editor Yang Bin was replaced without warning last week, Chinese authorities dealt a seemingly fatal blow to a publishing project that two years ago gave the press some freedom to experiment.

See also “Tell us about China’s Press freedoms, Your Excellency” from the Telegraph.

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