Hong Kong book fair kicks off with fewer political books | app

HONG KONG (AP) — The annual Hong Kong Book Fair kicked off on Wednesday, with several publishers of political books barred from attending the fair and others saying they should be careful about what they exhibit.

The fair’s main organizer, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said it had not reviewed the books on sale at the fair. But Hong Kong authorities tightened controls on free speech and arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists after a tough national security law came into force in 2020, and the council stressed that exhibitors had to obey the law.

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