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Southern Weekly

A popular and well-regarded weekly newspaper known for investigative exposés and a revolving door that lands editors in jail.

This paper was formerly known as 'Southern Weekend' (and is still translated that way in some circles), but following a redesign in early 2006, current English name was added to the nameplate.

In 2008, it expanded its opinion page to a full section and introduced a new section devoted to politics. Conservatives and leftists tend to see Southern Weekly as the sum of what's wrong with liberal, western-leaning southern newspapers. Its editors cover stories that the authorities don't want played up, harming societal harmony, while its columnists perennially push for a rapid increase in democracy, civil society, and freedom of expression despite their possible incompatibility with Chinese-style socialism.

Because of the friction with the authorities, the paper's tenor changes from one year to the next, as editors are forced out and self-restraint takes over. Many people who first started reading it in the late 90s complain that it's just a poor imitation of what it was then. However, at the time of this writing, Southern Weekly is no longer as irrelevant as it once was.

Publication License Number: CN44-0003


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