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Propaganda authorities take over Beijing papers

Posted By aaron On September 4, 2011 @ 12:10 pm In Police State | Comments Disabled

AFP
Sunday, September 4, 2011

China’s propaganda authorities have placed two of Beijing’s most popular and colourful newspapers under new management, state press said, in a move decried by critics as an effort to censor the news.

Beijing’s Communist Party-run media authorities have taken over at the helm of the popular “Beijing News” and the “Beijing Times,” the government-run Qianlong website reported late Saturday.

Both papers routinely run stories critical of local governments around China, as well as articles that defy edicts issued by the party’s propaganda bureau ordering media to show Chinese society in a positive light.

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Both began publishing about a decade ago and gained widespread popularity for their colourful stories and advertisements.

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