China’s political taboos feed market for unofficial books on scandal – AP

From The Associated Press, via The International Herald Tribune:

Amid official silence over the graft case against Shanghai’s disgraced Communist Party chief, unlicensed tomes are stepping into the void with what they claim is the inside scoop on his downfall.

Sold by sidewalk vendors or under-the-counter at legitimate bookstores, the paperbacks, with lurid, glossy covers and eye-catching titles like, “Chen Liangyu, His Tragic Fate From Beginning to End,” appear hastily assembled. Their titillating details are mostly unsourced and unverifiable.

China’s secretive leadership bans public dissent and censors most sensitive political news, keeping the public largely in the dark over what’s really going on in the highest echelons of power. [Full Text]

January 12, 2007 9:54 PM
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