An encouraging sign in China:

In a rare show of resistance for China’s state-controlled media, many editors of the daily newspaper Beijing News refused to work Thursday after authorities sacked its top editor for leading coverage criticizing the government.

Blogs are covering the issue:

China’s active community of bloggers was quick to report and denounce Mr. Yang’s departure. One Beijing News editor wrote on his Web log, “There is no way to retreat. The butcher has lifted a knife … so let’s just die in a beautiful way.” That posting was later taken down by its host, but other bloggers continued to re-post the comments by displaying a graphic image of the original posting.

I’m sure China’s leaders are frustrated by their inability to control information these days.