Date: 3 November 2018
An exhibition by a dissident Chinese-Australian cartoonist in Hong Kong has been cancelled by its organisers over what they said were threats from China.
Badiucao’s work focuses on rights abuses and satirises President Xi Jinping.
His show was part of events examining free speech in Hong Kong since the 2014 pro-democracy “umbrella” protests.
The cancellation comes as pro-democracy activists say Hong Kong’s freedoms are being eroded by Beijing.
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In a statement, Free Expression Week organisers Hong Kong Free Press, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said Badiucao’s first solo show “Gongle” had been cancelled over “safety concerns”.
“The decision follows threats made by the Chinese authorities relating to the artist. Whilst the organisers value freedom of expression, the safety of our partners remains a major concern,” they said.
Badiucao had also been due to take part in a question and answer session at the opening alongside pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong and members of Russia’s feminist protest band Pussy Riot. [FULL STORY]