China media group slammed for betraying protesters

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 am

BEIJING (AP) - A southern Chinese news company at the center of free speech protests earlier this year has come under fire for turning against demonstrators who sought to defend it in a dispute with censors.

The Southern Weekly's editorial staff staged a rare but short-lived revolt against censorship in January that attracted dozens of protesters. Its supporters turned up at the gates of the paper's owner, the Southern Media Group in Guangzhou, to lay flowers, holding signs and shouting slogans in support of free speech and democracy.

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