CHINA: Publisher scraps Tiananmen Square memoir

Hong Kong publishers have been forced to abandon plans to publish an account of the decision-making behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy student protesters, The Guardian reported on 20 June.

The memoirs of China's former Premier Li Peng were due to be published in mid-June by New Century Press but its print run was stopped because of copyright problems.

Although the 1989 crackdown on student protesters remains taboo in China and the government has never permitted an independent investigation into the event, Hong Kong is promised freedom of speech as part of its special semi-autonomous political status. If published, these controversial memoirs would represent one of very few accounts of the decision-making process behind the crackdown.