China’s top blogger shuts down magazineBy AP News Dec 28, 2010 12:10PM UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China’s most popular blogger says he’s shutting his freewheeling print magazine after just one issue because government officials appear to have blocked the printing of new editions.
Han Han, a novelist and race car driver, has amassed millions of regular readers with his sly online critiques of China’s social problems and hoped to tap that audience with an arts and literature magazine, Party.
He wrote in a blog post Tuesday that Party had closed because the publisher refused to print its second issue. He said government departments were behind the closure but it wasn’t clear who had halted printing or why.
China’s media is tightly controlled by the government, which censors, fines or shuts publications seen to be treading on politically sensitive issues.