|Guns ’N‘ Roses first album for 17 years, ‘Chinese Democracy’, is allegedly banned from importation into China — apparently because of its name, reported the British newspaper The Telegraph.
China National Publications Import and Export Group, the state-owned monopoly responsible for importing all music, has warned shops not to import the new Guns ’N‘ Roses album, which also is reported to have been censored from Chinese search engines. Baidu, the Chinese version of Google, is said to be self-censoring any searches for the album, and the album’s official website, www.chinesedemocracy.com, has been blocked by the government censors.
The album includes tracks with names such as Helpless Chinese under an iron fist, and in an article headlined ‘American band releases album venomously attacking China’, the Global Times wrote that unidentified Chinese Internet users had described the album as part of a plot by the West to “grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn.”
The new album reportedly cost over nine million pounds to make. It contains provocative lines such as:
“Blame it on the Falun Gong
The Chinese government has outlawed the spiritual movement as an ‘illegal cult’ and there have been repeated accusations of the cruel treatment of Falun Gong members.
However, according to The Telegraph, the Chinese Ministry of Culture said it did not know whether the album was banned or not. “This is the first time we’ve heard about it,” said a spokesman, adding that the ban “might just be a rumour”.
Telegraph.co.uk – 24 November 2008:
‘Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy ‘banned’ in China’