Banned! 11 things you won't find in China

China says it wants to open its economy more to the rest of the world, but Beijing keeps a tight grip on technology and access to media. These 11 items are still off limits.


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China's General Administration of Press and Publication screens all books before publication in China, and censorship is standard procedure.

Critical talk regarding human rights, Tibet or the Communist Party is off limits. Reporting on the wealth of Chinese officials is also forbidden.

Publishers that skirt the rules are quickly shut down, leaving authors with a choice: Agree to censorship or forfeit access to 1.4 billion potential readers.

Controversial books are often smuggled into mainland China from other jurisdictions including Hong Kong. But the recent disappearances of several people connected to a Hong Kong publisher that sold gossipy titles about Chinese leaders sent a chill through the industry.

The missing booksellers later showed up in mainland China.

  @CNNTech - Last updated March 17 2017 08:26 AM ET

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