This story from Reuters is a bit brief but it seems a government crackdown on crime comics has swept up such things as DEATH NOTE in China:
China’s capital is seizing ghost and horror books from shops to protect the “physical and mental health” of its youngsters, local media said on Tuesday.
Authorities have been scouring bookstores, newsstands and shops near schools, known for their orthodox and conformist teaching but where youth subcultures have flourished with an increasingly diverse society, the Beijing News said.
“The illegal publications are quite popular among students and are apt to harm the physical and mental health of young people,” the newspaper quoted a government circular as saying.
Although that Reuters story makes it sounds as if the Death Note stories are bootleg, the published claims to be legit, and he is telling you, he’s not going.
A Beijing-based publisher says it will defy a municipal government ban on its horror tale and continue to ship copies of “Death Note”, one of eight books the city has ordered off the shelves.
The Beijing municipal government blacklisted the horror stories calling them “illegal terrifying publications”.
Hualing Publishing House says ‘Death Note’ is not an illegal publication. “I want to make it clear that we have official approval to publish and we will continue to do so,” a man with the publishing house who declined to give his name told Xinhua over the phone.
Described by some readers as “exciting and interesting”, the books, which are mainly about ghosts, have a lot of followers on the Internet. The municipal administration of industry and commerce, however, says many young people are reading the books which it claims are “harmful to the psychological health of teenagers”.
Makes you glad to live in a country where Harlan Ellison is the greatest threat against free speech, doesn’t it?