BIBF exhibitors report book confiscations

BIBF exhibitors report book confiscations

A number of exhibitors at last month's Beijing International Book Fair have reported the confiscation of books containing politically or culturally sensitive content. But others said they had experienced no increase in censorship activity despite increased tensions over freedom of speech in the country following the disappearance of five Hong Kong based booksellers in 2015. Meanwhile CNPIEC, the state-owned books importer which handles the shipments to BIBF, blamed a "misunderstanding" on the part of publishers.

Although publishers often find books disappearing from their stands during tra...

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