“In Hong Kong, One Holiday and Lots of Book Sales”

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 1:22 am

National Day holiday in China brings almost 17 million visitors to Hong Kong, often for shopping sprees.
In addition to untainted baby formula, books banned on the mainland are a hot item.

This article reminds me of Fahrenheit 451. Though maybe not as dramatic, these people are taking risks to fulfill their right to uncensored knowledge.

With all of the discussion about shutting down media outlets in Honduras and arresting journalists abroad, the First Amendment rights we possess never cease to amaze me.
As an example, this article explains that one mainland author received increased scrutiny from Chinese officials for writing a more democratic version of some of the nation’s history. He was visited at work and called his Hong Kong publisher to discuss publishing options in light of the “pressure.”

The publisher was empathetic as he has been under government surveillance for some time due to his father’s and his own activism; visas to the mainland are not issued freely to this man.
Nonetheless, publishing has gone forward.

Their courage is definitely a testament to humanity’s desire for the truth and justice in the same vein Bradbury illustrated.


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