Southern Metropolis Daily
A daily newspaper distributed mainly in the Pearl River Delta area.
Southern Metropolis Daily is known for investigative journalism and provocative commentary, which often gets it into hot water with the authorities. Its reporting on the Sun Zhigang beating case (which led to the repeal of the forced repatriation law) and the beginnings of SARS got several editors prosecuted for corruption on what were widely seen as trumped-up charges. Its large staff and broad coverage get its special reports reprinted in many smaller regional newspapers.
The paper publishes the most daily pages of any Chinese newspaper. It prints localized editions for the Pearl River Delta cities, and features daily and weekly special-interest sections. The Sunday book review is one of just three or four in China that provide substantive cultural criticism (The Beijing News and Oriental Morning Post are two others).
Publication license number: CN44-0175