“Southern Weekend” is a Chinese newspaper that is published under the auspices of the government and thus has been subject to ongoing censorship by a group of men and women who sit around worrying about what can or cannot be written. At a recent meeting of editors of the newspaper and staff members it was decided to end the tyranny of being subject to the whims of censors and allow freedom of information to reign on the newspaper. They were particularly angered when a local provincial official replaced a New Year’s eve editorial which called for political reforms as well as an extension of rights for all citizens.
At the meeting the editors demanded an end to advanced censorship. They accepted the right of government officials to publish guidelines but wanted to cease having a censor decide which specific article could or could not be published. They were joined by hundreds of protesters who joined in demands for an end and a new beginning of freedom in China.