Guan Jun is a former Southern Weekly journalist and author. Kevin Carrico is senior lecturer in Chinese studies at Monash University.
A thrilling insider account of one of the most dramatic and misunderstood acts of defiance by Chinese media in the reform era the 2013 Southern Weekly incident. Drawing on interviews with participants and on WeChat records, Guan Jun presents us with a gripping narrative about the last battle of one of China's most famous newspapers. This final struggle symbolizes the evolution of Chinese media politics in the Xi era, and should be of interest to scholars of Chinese media and society, as well as to China observers and reporters.--Maria Repnikova, Georgia State University; author of Media Politics in China The story of the rise and fall of Southern Weekly is one of the most important cases in the history of modern Chinese journalism. The acts of resistance chronicled in this book were a critical turning point, and since 2013, Chinese media have entered a dark tunnel that seems to have no end. But the sparks of resistance are still smoldering, and they will no doubt spring to life again.--Qian Gang, former managing editor of Southern Weekly