June 17th, 2016
Episode 748 of 858 episodes
Being a book-seller isn't usually a high risk occupation. But that seems to have changed in recent months in Hong Kong. Five Hong Kong book-sellers disappeared, ultimately finding themselves imprisoned and interrogated by the authorities in mainland China. Four have now been released - and one of them, Lam Wing-Kee held a press conference to share his story. What does this mean for the general business climate, in what is one of the world's great centres of finance? We speak to Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director for the human rights group Amnesty International. The upcoming referendum in the UK on whether to remain in the European Union is looking extremely tight, according to polls. While the Brexit referendum is being closely contested in Britain, with issues such as immigration and the role of Brussels being fiercely debated, Gibraltar's 23,000 eligible voters have a different perspective on the issue, due to their rather complex relationship with Spain. Guy Hedgecoe reports. And our Friday discussion this week looks at Microsoft's purchase of the social media site LinkedIn, the threat of an emergency budget in the UK in the case of a 'Brexit' and companies that have banned emails.