China is continuing its crackdown on illegal horror
publications, particularly "Death Note" stories, according to the national office for
cleaning up pornography and fighting illegal publications Wednesday.
China has confiscated 5,912 "Death Note" books, 1,364 horror CDs and DVDs and
11,930 other illegal horror books across the country, statistics from the office
China has been targeting on "illegal terrifying publications" such as "Death
Note" since last April.
"Death Note" stories, a type of horror tale that the government has ordered
off the shelves, have been read by many primary school students, according to
the circular issued by the national office for cleaning up pornography and
fighting illegal publications.
Japanese "Death Note" cartoons describe a hero accidentally coming into
possession of a notebook left by a certain Azrael. The hero discovers that if he
writes down the name of a person, the person is certain to die. The cartoons
depict various scary ways of dying.
"Death Note" stories contain elements of mystery, death and revenge, and are
harmful to children's psychological development," the office said.
Some students even imitate the hero by writing down the names of people they
hate on a so-called death notebook to give vent to their feelings, sources with
the office said.
A Beijing official said the Beijing municipal government has received
numerous complaints from parents and educators who say students are spending too
much time on reading the horror stories and not enough time on studying.
China will continue to crackdown on horror fiction on the internet.