The Chinese government has placed a media ban on mentions of the 70,000-square-foot bookstore Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite plans to open in China's tallest building in 2015.
Banning books, it seems, is so passé. The latest thing in books-related censorship? Banning media reports of bookstores.
The Shanghai office of China’s national propaganda department recently issued a notice to the media banning it from publicizing the opening of Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite, which plans to open a 70,000-square-foot bookstore in Shanghai Tower, which will be the tallest building in China once it opens in 2015, according to the South China Morning Post.
“The matter about Taiwan Eslite Bookstore [intending] to open a branch in Shanghai should not be reported any more,” read a terse message sent by SMS by the Shanghai office of the propaganda department to senior editors in charge of the city's major media outlets, according to the South China Morning Post.