Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021
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Self-Censorship Expected as Hong Kong Book Fair Held Under National Security Lawon July 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS
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HONG KONG—For the first time, veteran Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Pang will not display any political books at his booth as the global financial hub holds its first book fair since the event began in 1990 under a new national security law. Canceled last year due to the coronavirus, the book fair resumes this week amid warnings from authorities against “subversive” or “separatist” books, two vaguely defined crimes in the security law introduced in June 2020. In 2019, a unit of Pang’s Sub-Culture Ltd displayed Chan Yun-chi’s “6430”, a book of interviews with survivors of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy activists in Beijing. This year, he would have liked to display Bruce Lam’s award-winning “Post-80s Movement,” which documents Hong Kong’s youngest protesters, and “A Sea of People,” by former legislator Claudia Mo, who was arrested under the new law and denied bail. But Pang, who has participated …

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