A group of Chinese intellectuals sued on Tuesday over what they say is a leadership coup at a leading liberal magazine, as a former editor lost an appeal against a ruling ordering him to apologize for doubting details in a tale of wartime heroism.
Since taking office more than three years ago, President Xi Jinping has cracked down on dissent, reining in the media and detaining dozens of rights activists. The government denies any abuse of human rights or freedom of expression, saying it is going after lawbreakers.
Founded in 1991, the magazine, Yanhuang Chunqiu, also called China Through the Ages, is known for challenging party views on sensitive issues, such as political reform.
But last month it halted publication after a government body forced a sudden reshuffle of its leadership team, which one of the magazine’s lawyers has blamed on an effort to stifle voices that disagree with the ruling Communist Party. Read More