More newsstands in Beijing face removal: official
The 72 newsstands in Beijing’s Chaoyang district recently removed by authorities violated regulations and other districts in the capital city will begin a similar crackdown, a district official said.
The official cited safety concerns such as fire hazards and illegal subleases for the removal of the newsstands.
Beijing has 2,107 newsstands, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment.
Sales of metro newspapers in Beijing declined by 17.3 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, and overall newspaper circulation in China dropped 10 percent, according to an agency that monitors retail data of newspapers and magazines.
China printed 209.78 billion copies of newspapers last year, down by 11.32 billion from 2012. (Photo 3)