China Censors Hillary Clinton Memoirs

According to the Washington Post, the U.S. publisher of Hillary’s memoirs is demanding a recall of the book in China, where the local publisher has exorcized considerable chunks:

Clinton’s memoir, “Living History,” runs 466 pages in Chinese and contains at least 10 segments where sensitive topics have been changed or deleted. They include material on Harry Wu, a Chinese-American human rights activist, and the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

Such retooling is a common practice by Beijing’s authoritarian communist government, which tightly controls all media and the Internet despite promises of growing openness in an increasingly free-market economy.

Defending the censorship, the Chinese publisher lamely insists, “We have made technical changes to the content in some parts of the book in order to win more Chinese readers.” And if you believe that….

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Sure I believe that. Because without the changes they could not have published it, ergo, no Chinese readers.

September 25, 2003 @ 6:34 am | Comment

A good point, though the reasoning behind it is somewhat twisted.

September 25, 2003 @ 8:59 am | Comment

Haven’t read the book. But when someone says Hillary’s book got censored, I assumed you meant parts where she talks about what she wanted to do to Bill’s privates when she learned about Monica. In other words, censored to give it a G rating instead of R.

September 25, 2003 @ 11:25 am | Comment

last test ๐Ÿ™‚

August 24, 2004 @ 6:51 am | Comment

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