Writer in row over free­dom of speech

The Observer - - World -

A dis­si­dent Chi­nese au­thor has hit out at threats to free­dom of speech in Hong Kong af­ter a venue can­celled his talks at a lit­er­ary fes­ti­val. Ma Jian’s com­ments fu­elled grow­ing con­cerns that Hong Kong’s free­doms are dis­ap­pear­ing un­der an as­sertive Bei­jing. The Tai Kwun cen­tre re­in­stated the talks at the 11th hour on Fri­day af­ter a re­place­ment lo­ca­tion also dropped out.

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