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Books by Taiwanese writer allegedly banned by China

2014/10/12 21:14:13

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Books by Taiwanese novelist and film director Giddens Ko have allegedly been banned by the Chinese government, but the writer took to his Facebook page Sunday to urge fans not to worry about him.

The news, which could not be independently confirmed, was made public through a message forwarded by several Chinese human rights lawyers and authors on their Sina Weibo microblogging site.

It said that several publishers in China received a notice from China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asking them to remove the books of Ko and Chinese American Yu Ying-shih from their shelves and not publish books by Yu, Hong Kong writer and critic Leung Man-tao and several others.

The writers were allegedly banned because of their support for Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement or for being outspoken supporters of democracy and human rights.

Ko said Sunday he did not know what was going on and was not interested in responding to rumors on the Internet.

The 36-year-old novelist took to his Facebook page, however, to urge fans in a lighthearted manner not to worry about him.

Ko's manager Fang Hsiao-ju said she has been unable to verify the allegations as they have yet to hear from Modern Press Co., the Chinese publisher of Ko's books.

She said a response from the publisher was unlikely until Monday.

Ko openly supported Taiwan's Sunflower student movement, which opposed a trade-in-services agreement signed between Taiwan and China.

In late September, he posted photos of his shaved head on his Facebook page, apparently in support of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong.

The three organizers of the movement and dozens others shaved their heads earlier in the month to show their determination in the fight for universal suffrage.

(By Wang Ching-yi and Christie Chen)