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Hong Kong book fair reignites fears over squeeze on freedoms

Publishers blocked from annual event tried in vain to host rival show

Publishers prevented from taking part in the Hong Kong book fair had tried to organize a rival event at this temporary site.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Crowds are flocking to Hong Kong's annual book fair, but for a trio of publishers blocked from the venue it stands as a grim reminder of disappearing freedoms that they once took for granted.

The weeklong event draws as many as one million visitors and was once a symbol of publishing freedom, with politically sensitive titles openly displayed including some banned in communist mainland China.

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