Writing on the Wall: Disappeared Booksellers and Free Expression in Hong Kong provides a comprehensive account of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015, giving special attention to the cases of Gui Minhai and Lee Bo, both foreign nationals who were seized by Chinese agents across borders—in Thailand and Hong Kong, respectively—in violation of international law. Since the incident, the report shows, multiple bookstores and publishing houses have closed, authors have pulled works from publication, printers have refused service to books on sensitive topics, and the mainland Chinese audience at popular literary events has dwindled.

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