Protests in China over censorship continue, CPC remains unfazed

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A rare protest by journalists of a state-run Chinese weekly against official interference entered the second day Tuesday amid tacit support from other media outlets, notwithstanding the ruling CPC's assertion that it had an "absolute and unshakeable" control over them.

Separately, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also denounced the US for expressing support for the journalists' agitation against the press censorship, saying it amounted to interference in China's internal affairs.

"China is opposed to any country's, any person's interference in internal affairs in any form," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told the media here.

His comments came in response to a question on State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland's statement that the US has long defended and supported the right of media freedom for Chinese and international journalists operating in China.

Hong declined to comment on the protests, saying it was not his purview.

Meanwhile, several media outlets appeared to back journalists at a weekly newspaper embroiled in a row over censorship, BBC reported.

Journalists of Southern Weekend, a Chinese weekly published on Thursdays from Guangzhou close to Hong Kong, in an unprecedented move, held a demonstration outside their office protesting against the interference by a Communist Party official.

The protest attracted worldwide attention as it was also the first such event following last November's once-in-a-decade leadership change.

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