Beijing's removal of books 'no surprise'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 12:00am

The managing director of the Hong Kong Economic Journal said she was not surprised that work by her father, the newspaper's founder Lam Shan-muk, had been removed from a Beijing book fair.

Lam Joy-shan confirmed that publications had been removed from the exhibition that began in the capital yesterday.

Mr Lam, whose pen name is Lam Hang-chi, has been critical of corruption in the Communist Party.

For more than two decades he wrote editorials for the newspaper and in recent years has continued to write a daily column. Compilations of his articles have appeared under Taiwan's Vista Publishing imprint.

'The latest we heard is that the books have not been banned but lifted for checking,' Ms Lam said.

'Every country has its own policies and it's widely known China has stricter regulations than many others,' she said.

'Censorship in China is old news. China doesn't pretend to have a free press, but inconsistency of policies can mean opportunistic publishers can use this as a boost to sales.'

She said they had not been fully informed by Vista of the number of books to be displayed in the five-day exhibition.