August 10, 2020

Prominent Hong Kong publisher arrested under new national security law

Aug 10 2020 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and several executives at the media company he founded have been arrested for colluding with foreign forces, the highest profile arrests thus far under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing just over a month ago. Lai, 71, is the chairman and majority owner of the staunchly pro-democratic newspaper Apple Daily and its publishing company, Next Digital ... Lai's two sons Timothy Lai and Ian Lai were also arrested Monday morning after being accused, respectively, of conspiracy to defraud and collusion with foreign forces. Hong Kong police said a total...

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What is a bookshop for?

The Zoom call was going well. I liked the technology on show, and I felt bookshops could definitely benefit from using it. It provided a way of alerting the bookshop - ahead of a visit - when someone with a disability (or who needed additional help) would be arriving at the shop. Staff would be prepped to assist, from putting down a ramp for a wheelchair user, to providing a quiet space for an autistic child. It would be a powerful message - with plenty of PR potential - that a bookshop was accessible and inclusive. And then the conversation...

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