$27 store drives home booksellers' plight

Central Station | 17 Feb 2017

A bookstore where all the books are priced at only HK$27 each would be sold out in a jiffy.

Of course, the typical Hongkonger can tell at once something's up with a store that offers such prima facie fantastic deals.

However, this pop-up store in Central is no fly-by-night operation, even though a glance between the covers of the more than 1,000 books, including novels and comics, will reveal they have all been censored.

It is part of a campaign by Amnesty International Hong Kong to give locals an idea of how censorship can erode freedom of expression and liberty.

The price is intended to remind people of Basic Law Article 27, which protects our freedom of expression.

It also made more than 500 copies of a book called 27 with all of its content redacted. T-shirts and tote bags with the same theme are also available.

Freedom of expression has been under severe threat in recent years, said the group's director Mabel Au Mei-po, citing the attack on veteran journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to in 2014 and the "disappearance" of the five Causeway Bay booksellers last year.

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