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Chinese Protesters Demonstrate Against Media Censorship

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Demonstrators gather along a street near the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, January 7, 2013.

Demonstrators gather along a street near the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, January 7, 2013.

Scores of Chinese protesters have demonstrated outside of one of the country's most outspoken newspapers to speak out against government censorship.

The protesters in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdon province, called Monday for the resignation of the provincial propaganda chief after censors on Thursday blocked a New Year's article in the influential Southern Weekly newspaper.

The article, which called for a constitutional government, was replaced with another piece praising the ruling Communist Party's achievements.

Police allowed the demonstration, which many China-watchers saw as a test of Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping's commitment to reform.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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