Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Saturday, January 20, 2007

China bans eight books

China's General Administration of Press and Publications has banned eight books by intellectuals and writers reflecting on sensitive historical events over the past six decades. As summarized by yesterday's South China Morning Post, the banned books include:

  • Cang Sang by Xiao Jian tells the story of a man in northern Shaanxi from the 1911 Revolution to the Great Leap Forward.
  • I Object: The Road to Politics by a People's Congress Member by journalist Zhu Ling tells of the 12-year struggle of activist Yao Lifa to run for a seat in the local legislature.
  • Past Stories of Peking Opera Stars by Zhang Yihe is an account of the lives and deaths of seven Peking Opera artists.
  • The Family History of an Ordinary Chinese by Guo Ya describes the experiences of a normal Chinese family during the war of liberation, the Cultural Revolution and other eras.
  • The Other Stories of History: My Days at the Supplement Division of the People's Daily by Yuan Ying is a memoir of time working for the People's Daily.
  • Era of History edited by Kuang Chen is a historic series on major events from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • This is How it by Hu Fayun tells the story of a woman who fell in love with the internet at the cost of her relationship with a vice-mayor during the Sars outbreak.
  • The Press by Zhu Huaxiang uses fictional characters to tell of the intrigues and behind-the-news stories of China's media industry.


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