China blocks magazine over Taiwan democracy report

A Chinese magazine dedicated to history has been forced to halt the release of a February issue that was to chronicle Taiwan’s democratic transformation, a Shanghai-based newspaper reported yesterday.

“National History” magazine, published by the state-run Chengdu Xianfeng Culture Media Co. based in Sichuan province, had compiled a series of articles authored by Taiwanese writers for a special February edition titled “Taiwan’s Foot,” the Oriental Daily News reported.
Citing Chengdu Xianfeng Deputy Editor-in-Chief Da Hai, the newspaper confirmed that the magazine, which is circulated nationwide, stopped the release of its February edition “due to an inappropriate selection of topics.”

Da said there will be a combined issue for February and March, which “will be delivered to subscribers on time,” the report said.

The publisher also said that the combined edition “has been sent to news and publication management authorities to serve as a record based on the relevant regulations.”

- Source: The China Post (Taiwan)