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Hong Kong speech therapists convicted over 'seditious' kids' books

Government accused group of publishing titles that stirred hatred against state

Five Hong Kong speech therapists were charged in 2021 over publishing "seditious" children's books that authorities said stoked hatred of the city's Beijing-friendly government.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Five Hong Kong speech therapists charged with sedition over a series of children's books were found guilty Wednesday in a case that critics say highlights China's crackdown on the city.

The government had alleged that the defendants incited hatred against authorities by portraying Hong Kong residents as sheep and mainland China as wolves in their illustrated books, written in colloquial Cantonese.

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