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Deal defuses standoff over Chinese censors

GUANGZHOU, China — A deal to keep propaganda officials from rewriting articles in an influential weekly newspaper defuses a standoff that became an unexpected test of the new Chinese leadership’s tolerance for political reform.

The Propaganda Department, which controls all media in China, chiefly relies on directives, self-censorship by editors and reporters, and dismissal of those who do not comply to enforce the party line.

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