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China: PEN renews its calls to release all writers, journalists and publishers

pen-digital-freedom-logo7 December 2016

RAN 24/16



Ahead of World Human Rights Day, PEN International reiterates its calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all writers, journalists, bloggers and publishers held for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of opinion, expression and association. The number of detained and imprisoned writers in China is among the highest in the world. PEN also calls on the authorities to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights without further delay. Continue reading

‘I Am Definitely Being Followed in Hong Kong’: Returned Bookseller Lam Wing-kei

Returned bookseller Lam Wing-kei speaks to RFA in Hong Kong

Returned bookseller Lam Wing-kei speaks to RFA in Hong Kong, June 20, 2016. RFA

Lam Wing-kei, a slight, soft-spoken man who carries a satchel and looks extremely tired, doesn’t look like much of a threat to the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

Fourth Causeway Bay Bookseller Reappears in Hong Kong, Sparking Questions

Causeway Bay Books

Journalists wait outside a building entrance under a yellow sign that leads up to the Causeway Bay Books store which sells books on Chinese politics in Hong Kong, Feb. 1, 2016. AFP

China has allowed the fourth of five missing Hong Kong booksellers to return to the city, where he requested that police close the file on his missing persons case. Continue reading

Daughter of Swedish Bookseller Says He is Illegally Held in China on Dubious Charges

Gui Minhai

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are shown by members of the Civic Party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong, Jan. 19, 2016. AFP

The daughter of a Swedish national, who was detained by China under opaque circumstances, is calling on the United States to press Beijing for his release. Continue reading

Hong Kong missing booksellers: Lee Bo back in mainland China

A Hong Kong publisher who went missing for nearly three months is reportedly back in mainland China – a few hours after returning to Hong Kong.

Lee Bo was escorted into a car that drove him to mainland China

Lee Bo was escorted into a car that drove him to mainland China, local media said

Lee Bo, a British citizen, was widely believed to have been abducted and taken to mainland China late last year along with four of his colleagues. Continue reading

China extends reach to take Hong Kong’s freedom of speech away

Nathan VanderKlippe
HONG KONG — The Globe and Mail

hong-kong21nw1Lee Bo had reason to be suspicious when he got a phone call just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 from someone who wanted to place an order for 10 copies of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The bookseller didn’t know the caller, a potential red flag at a fraught time. Four of Mr. Lee’s colleagues had vanished months earlier, shocking Hong Kong and raising worry that China is abducting people it wants to silence. Continue reading

Book on Chinese president pulled as fears grow for missing Hong Kong publishers

US-based writer Yu Jie says publication of Xi Jinping’s Nightmare was halted as the industry ‘wants to stay out of trouble’ after five booksellers have vanished

Yu Jie

Chinese dissident author Yu Jie. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The author of a book which criticises Chinese president Xi Jinping has said its publication has been suspended in Hong Kong, because its publisher was fearful of the “huge consequences” of its release, following the mysterious disappearance of five of the city’s publishers in recent months. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: China’s “State Terrorism” Against Dissent

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong. Image via: Wikimedia Commons.

A controversial author and publisher has been abducted by Chinese authorities in an act of state-sponsored terrorism intended to intimidate dissenting voices. Continue reading