Xu XiaoThe International Publishers Association calls on China’s government to immediately release Xu Xiao, a prominent publisher, writer and editor, who was arrested on November 26th during a crackdown on writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists seen to be supportive of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Beijing-based publisher Xu Xiao, 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize nominee, was arrested in China, in the latest government crackdown on critics.

Ms Xu, chief editor of Caixin Studio and New Century publications, is being held in Beijing’s No.1 Detention Centre on suspicion of “endangering national security”. In October, it was reported that she had been included on a list of writers whose works had been banned by China’s General Administration of Press and Publications.

IPA Freedom to Publish chair Ola Wallin has called for Ms Xu’s immediate release. “Xu Xiao has contributed enormously to Chinese publishing during the last thirty years. Today she is being persecuted for doing her job, and for peacefully exercising her right to free expression.”.

This new wave of state repression is misguided and dangerous. China must immediately release Xu Xiao.

IPA Policy Director José Borghino called for the unconditional release of “all the writers and publishers who have been unjustly arrested, including independent publishers and bookstore owners Xue Ye and Liu Jianshu.”

“The IPA respectfully points out that Article 35 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China provides for freedom of speech. Whatever the Chinese government’s problem is with democracy protests in Hong Kong, arresting their native publishers and bookstore owners is no sort of solution.”
The International Publishers Association is the international federation of national publishers associations, representing all aspects of book and journal publishing from around the world. IPA is an industry association with a human rights mandate. It fights against censorship and promotes copyright, literacy and freedom to publish, around the world.

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Dougal Thomson
Director of Communications
International Publishers Association
+41 79 214 5530