The 7th Congress of ICPC Membership Assembly Held on Internet

Press Release
9 Feburary 2016

ICPC-logoThe Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held its 7th Congress of Membership Assembly at a Google group forum on Internet on 22 Janurary – 09 Feburary 2016. Among ICPC’s 318 members, 162 participated in the Congress. According to the agenda adopted by the Congress, five sessions were held. The Congress adopted an amendment to ICPC’s Rules of Procedure of Membership Assembly, approved the work report and financial report submitted by the Board and elected the new Board in accordance with the ICPC’s Charter. Columnist Mrs. Tienchi Martin-Liao, a former president, has been re-elected the new President.
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ICPC Statement for International Human Rights Day

Pu Zhiqiang and Abduljalil Al-Singace Honored
Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
And 27 Writers Adopted as Honorary Members
(10 December 2015)

Liu Xiaobo-AwardingToday is the International Human Rights Day as well as the fifth anniversary of Dr. LIU Xiaobo, the former and honorary president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), being awarded in absence to the Nobel Peace Prize, while two day earlier it had been seventh years since his detention. For commemoration of these dates, ICPC has honoured Mr. PU Zhiqiang, its honorary member as well as a lawyer and blogger detained in China, and Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, an academic and blogger imprisoned in Bahrain, this year’s Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award for their long-term tenacity and courage in writing and fighting for freedom of expression and other basic rights despite imprisonment. In addition, ICPC have adopted twenty-seven of writers imprisoned in China as its new honorary members, namely FU Zhibin, YU Shiwen, LIU Haitao, DONG Tubin, XIE Wenfei, WANG Mo, SU Changlan (f), LIANG Qinhui, CHEN Yunfei, ZHANG Shenyu, HUANG Jingyi, WU Gan, ZHAO Haitong, WANG Quanzhang, SUI Muqing, XIE Yang, YANG Weidong, XIE Yanyi, WANG Yu (f), LI Heping, LIU Shaoming, SUN Feng, WANG Xiaolu, LIU Sixin, ZHAO Wei (f), LIU Wei and XIN Lijian. Continue reading

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12, PDF) 

China Denies Gao Yu Permission to Leave For Germany

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Demonstrators hold placards showing portraits of Chinese journalist Gao Yu during a protest in support of her outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong, April 17, 2015.

Authorities in the Chinese capital have effectively denied permission to veteran journalist Gao Yu to go to Germany for medical treatment, even though she is being allowed to serve her sentence outside of jail. Continue reading

China saw the mess coming

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Author linked to missing Hong Kong publishers calls on Beijing to free them

Tom Phillips in Beijing, Friday 5 February 2016 04.32 GMT

Writer Xi Nuo says five men should not be punished for his book about China’s president, which prompted a crackdown on publishers in Hong Kong

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These books about the Chinese president Xi Jinping are banned on the mainland but on sale in Hong Kong. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

The author of a provocative book about the private life of Chinese president Xi Jinping that some blame for Beijing’s decision to seize five Hong Kong booksellers has urged China to release the men.

Xi Nuo, a Chinese writer who is based in the United States, told the BBC he was one of two authors behind what is reportedly a largely fictitious work about the president’s romantic life called Xi Jinping and His Lovers.

Some believe the detention of the group – which includes Lee Bo, a British citizen, and Swedish passport-holder Gui Minhai – was designed to stop that book’s publication and halt what the Communist party saw as a smear campaign against president Xi.

Gui and Lee’s Mighty Current publishing house had specialised in salacious but often thinly sourced exposés about China’s political elite.

Speaking to the BBC, Xi Nuo, who is no relation to the Chinese president, said: “I’m responsible for this so I want to publish this book and tell the Chinese government: the five booksellers, they are innocent.

“They are not responsible for this. I’m responsible for this. I want to … tell the Chinese government: let the five guys go home,” he added.

On Thursday, Chinese police confirmed for the first time that three of the five booksellers were being investigated for “illegal activities” in China, in a letter sent to Hong Kong police.

The three men – Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee, who were linked to the Causeway Bay Books shop – had had “criminal compulsory measures” imposed on them, Chinese police in the southern province of Guangdong said in the letter.

Xi Nuo said he had completed his book on the president for Gui’s company in 2014. However, he claimed Gui decided not to publish after receiving a visit from a Chinese government agent.

Last year Gui appears to have changed his mind.

Before he was detained in December, Lee Bo told the Guardian he suspected his friend’s disappearance was connected to imminent plans to publish a mysterious and highly sensitive book.

Those plans never materialised, with Gui vanishing from his holiday home in Thailand in mid-October, before the book could be released.

However, a version of the salacious tome appeared online last month.

Xi Nuo said he decided to publish the book online in order to challenge Beijing, adding: “Why doesn’t the government come to New York and sue us?”

The apparent abductions of Lee and Gui, from Hong Kong and Thailand respectively, have infuriated Beijing’s critics and the international community, who accuse the Chinese government of trampling on international law and Hong Kong’s judicial autonomy in order to hunt down its foes.

Last month Gui was paraded on television to make a televised “confession” that his daughter suggested he had been forced to make.

British and Swedish officials have been refused access to Lee and Gui, who are understood to be in the custody of Chinese security services.

This week the US said it was “deeply concerned” about the fate of the booksellers and urged China to allow the men to return home.

The scandal has sent a chill through Hong Kong’s supposedly free publishing world, which has traditionally been able to produce books outlawed in the authoritarian mainland thanks to the “one country, two systems” model introduced on its return to China in 1997.

Bao Pu, one of the former British colony’s most prominent publishers of political literature, told the New York Times he was considering quitting the industry in the wake of recent events.

“I think pretty much we’re done,” he said.


China Has Finally Told Hong Kong It Is Holding the 3 Missing Booksellers

Simon Lewis Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 4:02 AM

In total, five men connected to Mighty Current Media are being held on the Mainland

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Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are seen left by members of the Civic party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong on Jan. 19, 2016. Philippe Lopez—AFP/Getty Images

Chinese authorities have confirmed that they are holding all five men linked to a Hong Kong publishing house who went missing in recent weeks. Continue reading

Disappeared Chinese Journalist Back in China, ‘Helping Police With Enquiries’

Li Xin

Former Southern Metropolis Daily journalist Li Xin is shown in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of Li’s wife, He Fangxian

A former columnist at a top newspaper who disappeared in southeast Asia earlier this month after fleeing China to seek political asylum is now back in the country, “assisting police with an investigation,” his wife said. Continue reading

China Merges Two Communist Party-Backed Newspapers in Hong Kong


Hong Kong newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao are shown on Feb. 2, 2016. RFA

Two prominent pro-Beijing newspapers in the former British colony of Hong Kong are to merge, pooling editorial and technical resources, the papers said on Tuesday. Continue reading

Case of Chinese Free Speech Activist ‘The Butcher’ Moved to Tianjian

Wu Gan

Wu Gan stages protest outside Jiangxi High Court, May 19, 2015. Boxun

Authorities in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian have transferred the subversion case of a prominent free speech activist known as “the Butcher” to the northern port city of Tianjin, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Continue reading