LEAD: 2,000 walk out over dismissal of Beijing News top editor: sources+
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)BEIJING, Dec. 29_(Kyodo) _ (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)
About 2,000 reporters and others began a walkout Thursday in a move to express their discontent with the recent dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Beijing News, sources familiar with the matter said.
Yang Bin and two other editors of the Beijing News were removed by Wednesday on the ground the tabloid had reported without approval of the government, the sources told Kyodo News.
In a rare move for Chinese media, Beijing News reporters and other workers started walking out Thursday afternoon.
The Beijing News was launched in November 2003 as a joint venture between the Southern Daily newspaper group and the Guangming Daily.
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