Annual Book Fair Challenges Censorship

With the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty just days away, the question of whether “one country, two systems” continues to be upheld in Hong Kong 20 years later is more urgent than ever. While many pro-Beijing legislators and politicians eagerly await and prepare for the arrival of Chinese President Xi on July 1st, organizers of the Hong Kong Book Fair have pledged to keep their upcoming event (July 19th-25th) free from political censorship, removing some doubt that books advocating or discussing the prospect of Hong Kong independence would be censored and banned. That the Fair, which is organized by the Trade Development Council, has taken a stand against censorship amidst increasing fears of Chinese encroachment on Hong Kong publishers, writers, and artists is a hopeful sign for advocates of democracy and autonomy.

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