Banned books and other forms of censorship

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

Friday, March 02, 2007

China bans reporting on 20 issues

China's Central Propaganda Department has instructed the state-controlled media it cannot report on 20 issues. Among the prohibited issues, according to Ming Pao (March 1), a Hong Kong based publication:

- The 50th anniversary of the Anti-Rightist struggle
- The July 7 Incident of 1937
- Excessive reporting on Chinese weaponry
- "Propaganda affirming private ownership , and exposing the inside story of the judiciary under the pretext of upholding human rights."
- Reporting "that touches on customs of minority races and sexuality, playing up aristocratic life and having concubines."
- Playing up "the disintegration of the Soviet Union."
- Propagating "independence for the universities ."

(My source: BBC Monitoring International Reports, March 1, as found on Lexis-Nexis).

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