Hong Kong: Beijing quisling court convicts five political prisoners of sedition for writing children’s books

Source: CNN

“Five speech therapists in Hong Kong were found guilty of a conspiracy to publish seditious children’s books on Wednesday, in a case that rights defenders say marks a major blow to free speech amid a tightening of civil liberties in the Chinese territory. The charges center around a set of picture books telling the stories of a village of sheep resisting a pack of wolves invading their home — a storyline that the government prosecutors alleged was meant to provoke contempt of the local government and China’s central government in Beijing. … In a ruling Wednesday, a Hong Kong District Court judge sided with the prosecution, expressing his view that the images had a correlation to events in city, and finding that the authors had the intention to ‘bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection’ against the local and central government, or both.” (09/08/22)