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But Li and Lu Yuegang (盧躍剛), an investigative reporter, will be removed as editor and deputy editor, respectively, of the weekly and shunted to the newspaper's news research office, Li said.

"This exterminates the soul of Freezing Point, leaving an empty shell," Li said.

Freezing Point was closed for publishing an essay by historian Yuan Weishi (袁偉時) criticizing what he said were long-standing nationalist distortions in Chinese history textbooks.

The first edition of the new Freezing Point will publish an essay attacking Yuan, Li said.

The weekly sometimes published investigative reports on corruption and abuses of official power, and commentaries critical of official thinking.

Analysts said these latest acts were part of the CPP's long-running policies to keep news under tight control, even as newspapers and the Internet have mushroomed. And many said no relaxation was in sight.

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