Top blogger shuts down magazine

2010-12-28 10:25
Beijing - One of China's most popular bloggers announced on Tuesday he was forced to shut down his freewheeling print magazine after just one issue because government officials appear to have blocked the printing of any new editions.

Han Han, a novelist and racecar driver, has amassed a huge readership with his sly online critiques of China's social problems and hoped to tap that audience with an arts and literature magazine, Party.

Han wrote in a blog post that it appeared some government departments were behind the closure, but that he was unsure which ones and why they had objected to the magazine.

China's media is tightly controlled by the government, which censors, fines, or shuts down publications seen to be treading on politically sensitive issues.

The first issue of Party came out in July and sold 1.5 million copies, Han said.

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