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Hong Kong newspaper ousts political cartoonist after criticism

'Zunzi' booted from Ming Pao after 40 years as press freedom in city wanes

Ming Pao, a Chinese-language daily newspaper in Hong Kong, announced the termination of a political cartoon column by satirical cartoonist Zunzi after 40 years. (Photo from Ming Pao)

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong newspaper will end the run of a popular political cartoonist after his work drew the ire of government authorities, in the latest sign of deterioration of freedom of expression in the city.

Satirical cartoons drawn by prominent comic artist Wong Kei-kwan, better known by his pseudonym "Zunzi," will no longer appear in Ming Pao, said the paper, one of the few reputable Chinese-language publications remaining after a brutal crackdown on press freedom.

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