May 18, 2022

Report: More Chinese Censorship of International Journals

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Asian Studies Association of Australia announced that its journal, the Asian Studies Review, is now restricted in China due to state censorship.

The association said it was recently alerted by one of its members of the restrictions and that the publisher, Taylor & Francis, subsequently confirmed that “effective September 2018, Chinese ‘import agencies’ (which are part of the government) have decided to not include ASR in their Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences subscription package. Importers have discretion to accept the package as a whole, or to pick and choose what to include. Chinese importers have decided, on the grounds of ‘compliance with local regulations,’ that ASR will be one of about 40 excluded journals in the fields of China and/or area studies because some of its content is deemed inappropriate to the government.”

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ADDED December 24, 2018 via Reuters:

In response to the association’s statement, Taylor and Francis said last Thursday that it “does not participate in censorship in China, or anywhere else”.

However, from September 83 journals were excluded from the arts, humanities and social sciences package sold to libraries in China at the request of importers, Taylor and Francis said in a statement. It did not identify the affected journals.

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