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Chinese National Daily Editor Bows Over Government’s Censorship

A frontline Chinese journalist, Yu Shaolei has resigned his appointment with the Southern Metropolis Daily, over censorship of the media.

Shaolei who until his resignation was the Editor of the newspaper, complained that he could no longer follow the Communist Party line. Alongside his resignation, the former Media Chief uploaded a message in which he wished well, those responsible for gagging his social media account.

The development might be a pointer to the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tour of State media outlets February this year, when he declared that journalists must give absolute loyalty to the Communist Party, as well as “bear the surname of the Party”.

Mr. Shaolei who took charge of the cultural section of the daily, Monday evening posted copy of his resignation form on his Sina Weibo microblog account. In contrast, the ex-editor wrote “unable to bear your surname”, as the reason for his resignation.
He also wrote: “I’m getting old, and my knees can’t stand it after so many years of kneeling.”

The media Executive indicated that what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek apology to the censors, responsible for monitoring his social media account.
In recent years, Chinese media outlets have been subjected to censorship.

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