Repeated Blows to Free Speech Spark Outcry in Hong Kong

A second venue in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, after immigration authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to enter the city under its visa-free visitor program.

“I was let through. No problem,” Ma said via his Twitter account after landing in Hong Kong on Friday. But he added: “Just heard that the second venue has pulled out of hosting my talks.”

Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Arts and Heritage Centre canceled Ma’s Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) event, in which Ma plans to discuss his latest book China Dream, a biting satire of President Xi Jinping’s concept of a resurgent China.

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