Mao Secretary’s Daughter Sues Over Book Seizure

Mao Secretary’s Daughter Sues Over Book Seizure

As Fourth Plenum legal reforms promise to increase citizens’ powers to sue the authorities, NPR’s Anthony Kuhn describes one legal battle already underway between customs officials and the daughter of a former secretary to Mao Zedong. Li Nanyang is challenging the unexplained confiscation of 53 copies of her father’s memoir at Beijing airport last year.

“My husband and son-in-law cleared customs smoothly,” she says. “Then customs opened my daughter’s suitcase. They found a dozen or so books. They hauled the rest of us who had cleared customs back in and confiscated all our books.”

Li says the customs officers couldn’t say why they were impounding the books.

[…] Li Nanyang’s lawyer, Xia Nan, says that customs must explain its legal basis for confiscating his client’s books.

“We are not clear whether they have a blacklist of banned books, or some sort of ad hoc process,” he says. “We hope customs can make this procedure public during the trial.” [Source]

Read more about China’s legal reforms via CDT.


Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.