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Another Hong Kong bookseller goes missing

3 January 2016

From Yahoo News:

A Hong Kong employee of a publishing firm known for producing books critical of the Chinese government has gone missing, his wife said Friday, following the earlier apparent disappearance of four colleagues.

It is the latest incident to fuel growing unease in Hong Kong at the erosion of freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, with fears that the five men may have been detained by Chinese authorities.

Lee Bo, the chief editor of a publisher which produces books on Chinese politics, was a colleague of the four others.

A source said Lee, 65, was last seen in Hong Kong on Wednesday at the publisher’s warehouse, which he is in charge of.

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“He called me that night at around 10 pm to tell me that everything was all right,” Choi said.

But she said the number from which Li was calling her did not belong to him and originated from the neighbouring mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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When the four other publishers disappeared last autumn Lee had said he was a shareholder in the Mighty Current publishing company.

“I think (it has happened) probably because of publishing matters… political books banned on the mainland,” he told AFP at the time.

Link to the rest at Yahoo News and thanks to Eric for the tip.

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4 Comments to “Another Hong Kong bookseller goes missing”

  1. Thankful for the freedoms we have in the USA. Complaining about bad reviews seems rather petty when compared to this.

  2. Memo to LeGuin: THIS is what “disappearing authors” means in the broader world.

    Brrr.
    Hope they release him alive and don’t go full bore in disappearing him.

  3. You’re right. I refuse to complain about my bad book review. I’m still here.

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