Megha Rajagopalan | Reuters
Posted: 10/23/2013  |  By: Free Our Reporter, Begs Newspaper As China Cracks Down on Journalists
(Reuters) - A Chinese newspaper pleaded with police on Wednesday to release an investigative reporter accused of defamation in an unusual public rebuke amid a wider government crackdown on freedom of expression.

The state-run New Express tabloid printed a front-page commentary begging police in the south-central city of Changsha to set reporter Chen Yongzhou free under the headline: "Please release him."