Southern Metropolis Daily

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Southern Metropolis Daily
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Southern Media Group
Editor Liu Chen
Founded 1997
Political alignment Liberal
Language Chinese (Simplified)
Headquarters Guangzhou, China
Circulation 1,690,000 (March 2012)[1]
ISSN 1004-5171
Website [2]

Southern Metropolis Daily (Chinese: 南方都市报) is a daily Tabloid newspaper published in Guangzhou, sister to the Southern Daily and part of the giant Southern Media Group. The paper is known for its investigative reporting, which often gets it into trouble with the Beijing authorities.[2][3] Its circulation is mainly in the Pearl River Delta area, contains Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau but its special reports are much reprinted in many smaller regional newspapers.[2]

As examples of the interplay between its relatively fearless approach and official consequences, it reported on the Sun Zhigang beating case (which led to the repeal of the forced repatriation law) and on the emergence of SARS at a time when the government was not wanting it covered. Shortly afterwards, several editors were prosecuted for corruption on what were widely seen as trumped-up charges.[2]

In October 2015, editor Li Xin fled China to live in India, after, he says, national security agents pressed him to spy on human rights activists and dissidents.[4]

The newspaper, along with the imprisonment and torture of the editors, Cheng Yizhong, Yu and Li, is featured in a chapter titled "The Newspaperman" of Philip P. Pan's book "Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China.""Cheng Yizhong was the laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2005 for his courageous outspokenness which had contributed to raising public awareness in China.[5]


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  2. ^ a b c "Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报". China Media Guide. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "9 out of 10 new mothers don't have enough breast milk". 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  4. ^ ‘Exiled’ Chinese journalist leaks huge list of censored terms, Hong Kong Free Press, by Vivienne Zeng, 13 November 2015
  5. ^ UNESCOPRESS. "UNESCO - Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong awarded UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2005". Retrieved 2017-10-18.