In 2004, one of the country’s main liberal magazines, Southern Weekend, issued a list of the 50 most influential people in China. It included scientists, writers, political thinkers, artists and business people. The list led to a storm of debate online, with many disagreeing with who were included in the list, the reasons they were included or proposing other people instead. Within a few days of the list appearing, it was effectively censored, and became unobtainable within China.
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