Hong Kong Bookseller Gives New TV Confession

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

The co-owner of Hong Kong publishing house The Mighty Current who had disappeared and then was arrested by Chinese police has now reemerged.

This time, Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who published works critical of the Chinese government, has given a second televised confession for breaking customs laws by shipping politically charged texts from Hong Kong to China. The New York Times has the scoop:

Mr. Gui was shown on Phoenix Television, a broadcaster based in Hong Kong, on Sunday night saying that he had circumvented China’s strict rules on importing books, in part by placing shipments in bags that could not be X-rayed. He also said that he had forged documents from Sweden to apply for his Chinese driver’s license.

The publisher cancelled the publication of a critical book back in January after five employees went missing. The missing employees reemerged shortly after. Co-publisher Lee Bo wrote an alleged confession letter and Minhai gave a strange taped confession which was broadcast on television.