Management, reporters defuse China censorship row

Associated Press Published:

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Officials and editors at an influential weekly newspaper in China are defusing a standoff over censorship, with reporters agreeing to resume work in exchange for a rollback in some press controls.

The agreement hashed out Tuesday comes in time for the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly to publish as normal on Thursday and ends a test for the newly installed Communist Party leadership of Xi Jinping.

Setting off the dispute was a senior propaganda official's rewriting of a New Year's editorial calling for constitutional government to include praises for the party.

Two members of the newspaper's editorial staff say that as part of the deal, reporters and editors who protested and walked off the job will not be punished and propaganda officials will no longer directly censor content prior to publication.