How did Peking Opera book overstep the line, she asks The author of one of eight books banned this month by mainland press authorities has again challenged censors to tell her why her work on Peking Opera stars is unfit for publication. She was speaking after her first protest failed to spark an official response. Zhang Yihe, the daughter of late rightist Zhang Bojun and author of three popular works banned on the mainland, released a second statement last night urging the General Administration of Press and Publication (Gapp) to give a 'serious reply' to her questions. The agency's deputy director Wu Shulin announced at an internal meeting on January 11 that Zhang's Past Stories of Peking Opera Stars was one of eight books that had 'overstepped the line' last year. Last week Zhang challenged the ban and vowed to safeguard her constitutional right to free speech and publication. Her statement provoked a big response among Chinese communities overseas and prompted some outspoken intellectuals to write articles supporting her action. But Zhang said she had still not received any response from the authorities. In her statement yesterday, called 'I have no way out', she asked Mr Wu to 'give a serious reply' to a series of questions, including why he had named her in the briefing and whether he had said 'a book by this person cannot be published'. 'Wu has forced me into a corner and I have no way back,' Zhang said. 'No matter whether you have banned me myself or my book, you have to initiate a legal procedure to inform me, and I am waiting for it anytime. 'So this time, will Gapp stand up to take responsibility? Will Mr Wu stand up? 'Bans on publications must accord with law rather than a message from an official, an anonymous warning from supervisory organs to subordinates or a simple written instruction to a magazine or publishing house.' Mr Wu said Zhang's Past Stories of Peking Opera Stars had been banned because of her sensitive identity rather than for anything the book contained. It is not the first time one of Zhang's books has been banned. Her other works - The Past is Not Like Smoke and A Memoir of Ma Lianliang - were also banned by the authorities. During the Cultural Revolution, she spent a decade in jail from 1968 for being Zhang Bojun's daughter and she said many of her friends and fellow intellectuals were concerned she would be sent to jail for her rare public protest. 'I was saddened by my friends' message ... I believed the current legal situation in China had improved since the time I was jailed,' she said. 'But their concern shows that over the long term, the suppression of intellectuals has deeply scarred their minds and people are still seized by fear ... for this, I have to stand up.'