In Pictures: ‘Censored book’ store appears in Central as Amnesty International campaign

Photo: Martin Choi and Amrita Mangho

Global human rights advocate group Amnesty International has launched a campaign on Thursday to raise awareness for Hong Kong’s freedom of expression.

The campaign took the form of a bookstore that only sold books which were redacted or censored. Its purpose was to prompt visitors to imagine a future where Hong Kong’s press freedom is eroded amid China’s tightening control over the region.

Every book in the store costs HK$27 – a reference to Article 27 of Hong Kong’s constitutional document known as Basic Law, which guarantees Hong Kong residents the “freedom of speech, of the press and of publication.”

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A sign that reads “every freedom needs a fighter” outside the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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Books that are sold at HK$27. Photo: Shroffed.
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A customer visiting the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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Customers visiting the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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A customer visiting the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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A customer visiting the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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A picture of redacted text revealing an image of Edward Snowdan (right) and customers visiting the bookstore (left). Photo: Shroffed.
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A book that has been redacted / censored in the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.
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Bookmarks that read “when rights vanish, so does the truth” embedded in the books. Photo: Shroffed.
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Bags that read “every freedom needs a fighter” with part of the phrase redacted. Photo: Shroffed.
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Badges that show wearer’s support for the campaign. Photo: Shroffed.
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Books that are sold at HK$27. Photo: Shroffed.
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Bookstore staff. Photo: Shroffed.
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A sign outside the bookstore. Photo: Shroffed.

 

Multimedia Team: Martin Choi and Amrita Mangho

Editor: Pan Pwint

Online Team: Gene Lin

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