China’s chief censor has been removed from his post, state media reported Tuesday, following an outcry this year over a reported decision to ban eight books.
In January, the Chinese author Zhang Yihe issued a public statement criticizing China’s General Administration of Press and Publications for banning one of her books about the Peking Opera as well as seven titles by other writers. The ban was never formally announced, but other Chinese authors and intellectuals posted angry open letters to the administration on Web forums and blogs.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Long Xinmin was removed from his post at the administration and named a deputy director of the Communist Party’s Central Party History Research Center. Xinhua gave no reason for the shift.[Full Text]