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Column: A journalistic revolution

By Neal Gabler

Russian upper house approves 'anti-gay propaganda' bill

Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill banning the distribution of so-called "gay propaganda" to minors, which critics have said will be used to justify homophobic actions and arbitrary prosecution of gays. Lawmakers in the Federation Council, the last stop before a bill is signed into law by the president, approved the measure 137 in favour to one abstention.

China censors turn New Year "seeking dreams" editorial into nightmare

By James Pomfret GUANGZHOU, China, Jan 9 (Reuters) - When former Xinhua state news agency vice president Tuo Zhen was appointed as head of the propaganda department in Guangdong, one of China's most liberal provinces, he carried with him a reputation as a hardline leftist. High on his agenda was how to rein in two of China's most outspoken media outlets - the Southern Weekly and Southern Metropolis Daily - under the sprawling Nanfang Media Group that owns a stable of nearly 20 newspapers and magazines.
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