[33][34] However, legislator James To said this was a reasonable request that was exempt from privacy policy. 3F, 66 Sai Yeung Choi St South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. [34] Police followed up on his case once, asking whether they had heard from him. TAIPEI - Hong Kong dissident bookseller Lam Wing Kee reopened his bookstore in Taipei on Saturday (April 25), just days after being doused in … [23][24], Lui Bo (呂波, age 50–51) is the manager and one of the three shareholders of Mighty Current. [60], Global Times, a tabloid subsidiary of People's Daily, wrote three successive belligerent editorials on the case,[57] an act viewed by Hong Kong media as an indirect recognition of China's role in the disappearances. During the time of the disappearances, the company had three shareholders: Gui Minhai, Sophie Choi and Lui Bo. Add your article. He requested that his missing person case be closed and expressed that he does not require assistance from the Hong Kong government and police. In a frenetic commercial district of Hong Kong, sandwiched between shops selling vitamins and clothing to tourists, the Causeway Bay Bookstore touts itself … "[137], He moved to Taiwan in April 2019. 香港旺角西洋菜南街66號 3/F. "[94] Willy Lam, professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, warned: "Not just the publishing and media circles, but the entire Hong Kong society, including people who do business in [mainland] China, and who might have commercial disputes with Chinese companies or different parts of the Chinese government, might fear for their safety because of such a very dangerous precedent". [65][92][93] Legal experts have become increasingly concerned at the reach of Chinese law enforcement. [34] His wife filed a missing persons report with the police on 5 November and his family received a telephone call from him several hours later;[34] he refused to reveal his whereabouts. Causeway Bay Books (銅鑼灣書店) is an independent bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan which until December 2015 was an upstairs bookstore located in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. [15], Around the time of the disappearances, Gui Minhai was rumoured to have been working on a book regarding current CPC general secretary Xi Jinping's personal love history, tentatively named Xi and His Six Women (習近平和他的六個女人). "[15] On 6 January 2016, they published another editorial stating that Causeway Bay Books being under investigation by Chinese officials for slander is "reasonable", and also noted that "all powerful agencies in the world have ways to evade the law, so that those under investigation will cooperate". He assured her that he was well but assisting with investigations. [49][15][1][21][50][51] Article 22 states that no department of the central, provincial, or municipal governments within China may interfere in the affairs which the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region administers on its own. [75], The Chinese Foreign Minister stated that despite Lee Bo's dual Hong Kong and British citizenship, Lee is above all a Chinese citizen. The officer said Lam was on bail, and was allowed to return to Hong Kong to attend to personal matters. [65], On 10 January, in excess of 6,000 people attended a protest march from the Hong Kong government headquarters in Admiralty to the China Liaison Office in Sai Wan demanding Beijing to respect the one country, two systems agreement to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy. [27][99], The Swedish foreign ministry said an envoy had visited Gui in February,[107] but Swedish diplomats had not been given access to him since. [126], Lam Wing-kee was the last bookseller with Hong Kong citizenship to be allowed to return to Hong Kong from the mainland, eight months after he disappeared. [111] Later on, her trial in Stockholm District Court started in June 2020. [39] Lee was last seen on 30 December 2015, while delivering books in Chai Wan to a certain unknown client. [70] As of 7 January 2016, over 500 publishers, writers, booksellers and members of the public had signed an online petition pledging to "not fear the white terror and uphold the principle of publication freedom". [38] Since the disappearances of four of his colleagues, he had been doing anonymous interviews with BBC and various media. Former legislator Margaret Ng suggested that Hong Kong's status as a world city was coming into question, and said "Hong Kong can be deemed to be no longer safe unless we have a clear resolution of the problem". [71] Singapore-owned Page One removed some of the books published by Mighty Current – in particular many titles focusing on Xi Jinping – from their retail outlet at Hong Kong airport. [9] According to industry sources, Mighty Current is a prolific publisher with a number of publishing subsidiaries, and this group may be responsible for 30 to 60 percent of the output of salacious books about Chinese political figures that are widely available at newsstands and book stores, including one at Hong Kong International Airport.[10]. Some booksellers began to pull anti-China books off shelves. [73] The author was unable to find a publisher in Hong Kong, and has gone to Taiwan. [51][67][68] After the latest revelation, legislator Fernando Cheung criticised the CY Leung administration for limpness, remarking that "up to now the whole handling of the Lee Bo fiasco is being conducted through unofficial means, bypassing the Hong Kong authorities, and Lee Bo seems to be releasing messages under the gun". [21][22], According to The Sunday Times, the mainland authorities had issued instructions on 25 April 2015 to eradicate illegal publications and those containing sexual content. After the arrest of Yiu Man-tin and the disappearance of three of his colleagues, Lee went on record to say that their motive was purely economic, and that not setting foot in the mainland was the cost to bear for being in the publishing business. [3][4][5] The first bookstore closed after the disappearance of its last staff member, Lee Bo, in December 2015. Spanning across four stories, the store takes on a … [115][66][116] It also published a letter, purporting to say that he was "perplexed and puzzled" about the reaction over the disappearances. "[104][105] Following China Central Television's release of videotaped confessions from Gui Minhai – and of Swedish NGO staffer Peter Dahlin, Reporters Without Borders condemned China's "dissemination of forced 'confessions' that have no informational value". [135] Sing Tao Daily published a retort by a case officer in Ningbo, saying that Lam and his girlfriend had signed confessions to having been engaged in "illegal business operations" and agreements not to hire lawyers nor see their families. [79][97][98][99] He allegedly absconded before the damages could be settled. [128] He revealed that he had been transported handcuffed and blindfolded to Ningbo. Freedom of speech in Hong Kong is protected under Basic Law Article 27, and these independent publishers thrive as they cater predominantly to people interested in the machinations of mainland politics. [128][129] Lam was not told what offence he had committed until after he was taken to Ningbo, where he was held in solitary confinement and under 24-hour guard by six teams of gaolers from the "Central Investigation Team" (中央專案組) – a Cultural Revolution-era unit whose powers and authority exceed those of the public security bureaus (PSB), reporting to central leadership. According to interviews with China Central Television and Xinhua News Agency, Gui said that he had been consumed with guilt and had returned to China in October to face the consequences of his misdeed. [31], Gui was a board member of Independent Chinese PEN Centre in 2014. [19] Yiu was arrested by police in Shenzhen on charges of falsely labelling and smuggling industrial chemicals worth $220,000 in 2010 and was sentenced to prison for 10 years allegedly for smuggling, even though the real reason for the trumped up charges, in the eyes of many, was China's increasing restrictions on political expression under Xi. ESLITE BOOKSTORE: Quarry Bay, TST, Causeway Bay A big box bookstore from Taiwan, Eslite isn’t just a retail space but a megastore with a cafe and restaurant. [97] In it, Lee also said that he had become good friends with his captors. 2020/01/06 by James Hatton 1 Comment. He kept his movements to himself and his communications routed, and his work projects would also be shrouded in secrecy. "[37][38], Up until the disappearances, the first bookstore maintained a stock of books for sale – in excess of 100,000 units – in two warehouses. 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