tirsdag 14. november 2017

Australian academic claims China book 'censored'

An author has said a publisher withdrew plans to release his book about alleged Chinese influence in Australia due to fears of "retaliation" by Beijing. Prof Clive Hamilton said the Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, was concerned about potential defamation actions. Allen & Unwin described the decision as a "delay" based on legal advice.

Allegations of Chinese interference in Australian universities and other aspects of society have caused much discussion in recent months. Prof Hamilton said the decision not to publish his book, titled Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, was significant. "This really is a watershed in the debate over China's suppression of free speech," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.