Chinese journalist resigns over censorship

Mar 29, 2016, 8:09 AM EDT
(Source: Faungg's Photos/flickr)
(Source: Faungg's Photos/flickr)

Government censorship of Chinese media outlets has risen in recent years. 

BBC News reports:

Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.

He also uploaded a message wishing those responsible for censoring his social media account well.

Yu's note has since been removed, reports the Wall Street Journal:

His post has since disappeared, though a version was cached by Free Weibo, a censorship-monitoring website. Attached was a photograph of Mr. Yu’s resignation notice, dated Monday and effective April 1. His stated reason for quitting: “Unable to bear your surname.”

His statement is a thinly veiled retort to Mr. Xi, who in February declared that Chinese media “must bear the surname ‘party’” and demanded their absolute loyalty.

The New York Times adds:

The announcement follows increasing emphasis by Chinese leaders on control of the media. Last month, President Xi Jinping visited top-level state and Communist Party-run news outlets, where he spoke to staff members about the importance of following the directions of the party.