The Southern Weekly, a Chinese newspaper, which irked the authorities recently by taking on the state censors is again pushing boundaries, this time it has released a list of the five best stories of 2012 that had been suppressed – it is a list that was of course soon censored.
Ezine Shanghai List published photos that were posted on Weibo by Weekly staff that gave a synopsis of each story.
Shanghai List’s Tom Bannister provides this report.
At the newspaper’s annual meeting Friday, an occasion where there was no doubt rather a few pressing issues to discuss, staff awarded prizes to the five best stories that had been censored last year. A journalist at the newspaper posted photos of the synopsis of each of the winning stories on Weibo. This was then forwarded by thousands of other users before the posts were, rather appropriately, deleted by censors.
The top five stories that won the awards were:
1) A feature story about the ‘rational’ youngsters who refused to get involved in the anti-Japanese protests in September.
2) An article about the 79 victims killed as a result of heavy rain in Beijing in the summer.