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Southern Metropolis Daily
Southern Metropolis Daily is a daily Tabloid newspaper published in Guangzhou, sister to the Southern Daily and part of the giant Southern Media Group. The paper is known for its investigative reporting, which often gets it into trouble with the Beijing authorities. Its circulation is mainly in the Pearl River Delta area, contains Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau but its special reports are much reprinted in many smaller regional newspapers.As examples of the interplay between its relatively fearless approach and official consequences, it reported on the Sun Zhigang beating case (which led to the repeal of the forced repatriation law) and on the emergence of SARS at a time when the government was not wanting it covered. Shortly afterwards, several editors were prosecuted for corruption on what were widely seen as trumped up charges.