China: Writers arrested in new wave of repression, alerts PEN International


PEN International has joined PEN American Center and the Independent Chinese PEN Center in expressing alarm over a new wave of arrests of writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists in China in recent weeks, apparently for their public support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

PEN International reported that four prominent intellectuals were arrested on 26 November 2014 alone. Among them were Xu Xiao, who is a prominent Beijing-based writer, detained on suspicion of “endangering national security”.

In October, Xu Xiao was reported to have been included in a list of writers whose works were banned by China’s General Administration of Press and Publication.

Writer, poet, independent documentary film-maker and scriptwriter Kuo Yanding has been held since 10 October 2014 on charges of creating disturbances for publically supporting the protests in Hong Kong. Also the writers Guo Yushan and Huang Kaiping were arrested in October on charges of creating disturbances for publically supporting the Hong Kong protests.

The independent publishers and bookstore owners Xue Ye and Liu Jianshu were detained on suspicion of “illegal business practices”, possibly relating to alleged illegal publications or the selling of illegally published books.

PEN International calls for their immediate and unconditional release, if held solely for peacefully expressing their views.

» PEN International – 9 December 2014:
China: Writers and Publishers arrested in a New Wave of Repression

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» China Digital Times – 10 December 2014:
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» New York Times – 3 December 2014:
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