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The slow death of the independent Hong Kong bookseller

For Bao Pu, revealing the last secrets of Tiananmen could be a final flourish

When Bao Pu began publishing books in 2005, the market was still crowded with competitors. Now he is a lonely holdout with dwindling revenues.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Even though the controversial Hong Kong extradition bill has been shelved for now, book publisher Bao Pu has little doubt that Beijing will keep tightening its grip on the city's freedoms.

As one of Hong Kong's few remaining independent publishers still putting out politically controversial books, Bao knows what he is talking about. "Publishing a book is perceived as a dangerous profession here in Hong Kong," he told the Nikkei Asian Review. "People laugh about it."

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