Chinese state media attacks Guardian and Financial Times as politicians demand freedom of Swedish-national bookseller
Dozens of EU politicians have written to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai. A Communist party newspaper, meanwhile, has slammed international media scrutiny of the scandal as the work of arrogant rumour-mongers.
Gui was seized from a Beijing-bound bullet train last month. It was the latest twist in an increasingly knotty two-year mystery surrounding the Hong Kong-based publisher who dealt in raunchy, thinly sourced tomes on China’s political elite.