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Liberal Chinese Magazine Sues Government After Takeover

FILE - China's national flag is seen in front of cranes on a construction site at a commercial district in Beijing, China, Jan. 26, 2016.

The ousted editors of a liberal Chinese magazine are suing the government in an effort to wrest back control of one of the country's best-known political journals.

A lawyer representing seven high-level editors of Yanhuang Chunqiu, Ding Xikui, said Tuesday that the former staffers are seeking damages after the Ministry of Culture last month forcibly replaced top executives, seized the magazine's offices and published an issue under their names.

Founded in 1991 by senior members of the Communist Party's liberal wing, the magazine amassed a following by examining sensitive historical periods such as the Cultural Revolution and advocating gradual political loosening.

The struggle for the journal's reins comes at a time when President Xi Jinping's administration is quashing dissent and revisionist voices.