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Freedom : how we lose it and how we fight back

A timely manifesto on freedom from Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, a Nobel Prize nominee

 

Activist Nathan Law experienced firsthand the speed with which our freedom can be taken away.

 

When sovereignty over Hong Kong was handed to China in 1997, Hong Kong was guaranteed freedom of the press, expression, and assembly. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been chipping away at these rights and, since 2014, restricting free and fair elections. Law writes, "When governments control access to information and are able to define the narrative and dictate what we know, we lose more than our freedoms. We lose the ability to see the world for what it is. We lose our humanity."

 

In 2016, Law became the youngest-ever elected legislator in Hong Kong on a pro-democracy platform and was subsequently imprisoned for his role as a leader of the Umbrella Movement. He now lives in exile.

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