Update: HK journalists arrested on mainland

Jun 10, 2014

by Doreen Weisenhaus with contributions by Rick Glofcheski and Yan Mei Ning (Expanded Second Edition, Hong Kong University Press 2014)

9 June 2014  — Wang Jianmin, publisher of two Chinese-language political magazines in Hong Kong, New-Way Monthly and Multiple Face, and Guo Zhongxiao, a journalist for the magazines, were detained by police in Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, on May 30 for “operating illegal publications,” allegedly for selling to two subscribers and causal buyers on the mainland. The magazines focus on corruption and power struggles within the Chinese leadership, according to the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

“Two Hong Kong journalists detained in mainland China,”  Committee to Protect Journalists, June 2014.

Earlier in May, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian, who was preparing to release a book critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for “smuggling ordinary goods” to Shenzhen. His family told the Committee to Project Journalists that Yao believed he was bringing bottles of paint over the border for a friend.

“Hong Kong publisher jailed for 10 years,” Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014.

Hong Kong man seeking to issue book about Xi is held in China,The New York Times, 29 January 2014.