Beijing cleans up biography business

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 April, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 April, 1993, 12:00am

CHINA has launched a nationwide crackdown on unauthorised biographies of state leaders, particularly Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

The official New China News Agency said yesterday that government departments found the craze for publications about past leaders brought about ''serious problems that could not be ignored''.

The publications damaged the interests of the party and the state, the report said.

Tighter controls on publishers have been largely ignored.

All publications on state leaders published after May 1990 will be censored by government departments.