A leading news magazine has been ordered to clean up its act by the Communist Party’s propaganda department and the government’s media regulator after the publication defied a central directive to refrain from reporting politically sensitive historic events, media sources said.
Without specifying the magazine’s “defiance”, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the General Administration of Press and Publication reprimanded Lifeweek, a Beijing-based news weekly, for violating the party’s directive not to play up politically sensitive topics that might cause social disturbances.
Lifeweek is run by the Shanlian Book Publication Group, a state-run publication giant.
……Senior executives responsible for the issues were called to a meeting last week attended by central propaganda officials and government censors for self-criticism. Other journalists were also called to political sessions for “education”.
“The political session was all about how to toe the party’s line,” a Lifeweek reporter said.
Read also CDT’s Jonathan Ansfield on his Biganzi (Á¨îÊùÜÂ≠ê) column: Self-Criticism For Sanlian.