Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM
Fiction Monthly (小说月报), a low-cost digest magazine published out of Tianjin, is one of the most popular magazines by volume in China. It is widely available at newsstands everywhere in the country – everywhere but Beijing, that is.
Sina microblogger kigg posted an update last night describing a sting operation against one newsstand selling the magazine:
Commenters mentioned that they’d encountered resistance from wary news kiosk managers when trying to purchase magazines like Phoenix Weekly that are distributed through specialized channels. Late last year, the Beijing Youth Daily discovered that the city’s newsstands had a list of several dozen titles they were prohibited from selling:
The Beijing Periodicals Retail Company (北京市报刊零售公司) controls all legitimate newsstands in the city. Other companies handle distribution in shopping centers, train stations, subway stations, and the airport. Ma Zhipeng, head of Fiction Monthly’s circulation department, told Beijing Youth Daily that the ban was imposed after a contract dispute with the distributor:
Evidently, negotiations have made little progress over the past year.
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