In an New York Times article entitled, “At Book Fair, a Subplot About Chinese Rights “, the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair were pressured to un-invite two Chinese dissident authors as well as criticized for not censoring the materials that were banned in the People’s Republic of China.
Jing Bartz has been the fair’s chief representative in Beijing since 2003 and negotiated strenuously with Chinese publication officials. “China has really wanted to use this platform to promote Chinese culture,” she said. “On the other side, they are worried because they can’t use Chinese rules to do it.”
Thanks go out to the brave authors that have brought out the truth and the organizers that allowed the dissident authors to finally speak.
This is one way to confront their censorship – stand up to them whenever they step outside their protected space. Not just once, but everyday.