Literary works that espouse views other than communist ideologies are a pet aversion for communist systems. Hong Kong is currently in the process of pulling out democracy books from library shelves. This comes as the Chinese mainland has now openly fielded strategies to put an end to the “one country, two systems” policy in favor of a “one country, one system” approach to governance. Kelly Ho had information on this development in Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Free Press. Here is an excerpt:
Nine books written by Hong Kong pro-democracy figures and critics of Beijing have been removed from local public libraries for review, after the authorities cited potential national security law violations.
According to Apple Daily’s report on Friday, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) ordered library staff to remove copies of nine books by six authors from the shelves as the titles had to undergo a review by the government. The LCSD confirmed with HKFP on Sunday that they have suspended services relating to the nine books, saying the move was to “avoid breaking the law.”
Among the authors whose books are being vetted are former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho, ex-Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, political commentator Bruce Lam and Chinese-American writer and activist Yu Jie and Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu.
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