BEIJING, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have closed a weekly supplement to China Youth Daily, reportedly for exposing official corruption, in the latest crackdown on liberal media.
Late Tuesday, the Central Propaganda Department notified Li Datong, editor of the popular four-page section, Bingdian Weekly, or "Freezing Point," that the publication would be suspended, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday.
The notice cited "articles incompatible with the mainstream ideology" which had had "very bad effects."
In an open letter protesting the stoppage Wednesday, Li said he recently had been handed a "Cultural Revolution-style critique" of an article he had published by a professor, Yuan Weishi, which challenged school textbooks' interpretation of certain parts of China's history.
But analysts said the section's articles exposing official corruption were more likely the real cause of its closure.
Li is expected to appeal to the government and the Communist Party's disciplinary committee. China Youth Daily, with a circulation of 400,000, is a publication of the party's China Youth League.
The action follows the removal earlier this month of top editors at another liberal newspaper, the Beijing News.