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China: editorial on 2008 earthquake blacked out

China Media Project has translated an editorial from liberal newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily commemorating the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The piece, which featured references to detained artist Ai Weiwei, who had attempted to investigate the deaths of children and collapse of school buildings in the disaster, was removed from the newspaper's website [update] before reappearing the next day.

  • The plot thickened: a CMP Newswire post noted the editorial’s later reappearance on the paper’s site.

  • Samuel, many thanks for the update!

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