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China bans 18 topics from media

March 29, 2010

BEIJING, March 26 (UPI) -- The Chinese government has notified the country's
media outlets of 18 subjects banned from reporting, including corruption,
yuan revaluation and food safety.

Liu Yunshan, director of the Communist Party's publicity department, faxed
the notifications to newspapers and radio, TV and Internet news outlets
Sunday, one day before Google Inc. announced it was pulling its search Web
site from the country, The Asahi Shimbun reported Friday.

The banned subjects include problems in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uighur
autonomous region, difficulties faced by graduating students seeking jobs,
the rising price of cooking oil and reports on criticism against China from
U.S. officials and other international leaders.

"Most of the subjects that people are interested in have been banned. We
don't know what to report on," an official at a Chinese newspaper told The
Asahi Shimbun.

A senior official at a Chinese media company said the censorship exceeds
that imposed prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and ranks "among the largest
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