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A man looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A man looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist...more

A man looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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A security officer walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013.REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A security officer walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013.REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A security officer walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013.REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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A woman looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A woman looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist...more

A woman looks out from the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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The logo of Beijing News is seen atop its headquarters in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

The logo of Beijing News is seen atop its headquarters in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party...more

The logo of Beijing News is seen atop its headquarters in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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A woman walks into the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A woman walks into the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist...more

A woman walks into the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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A man walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A man walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party...more

A man walks past the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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A woman stands inside the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

A woman stands inside the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist...more

A woman stands inside the headquarters of the Beijing News in Beijing, January 9, 2013. The challenge by both the Southern Weekly and the Beijing News highlights a pivotal struggle between media increasingly pushing for independence and a Communist Party government that brooks no dissent to its rule. Picture taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)
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