‘I Was Scared to Death’ – Jimmy Lai interview

Newsweek interviews Jimmy Lai of Hong Kong’s Next Media empire. When asked how things have gone for press freedom in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, Lai responds:

070621 Jimmylai Wide.HlargeBeautifully. The press has been free. But a lot of the media has gone into self-censorship, either because they’re so afraid or purely for economic considerations. They think that if they lean the Chinese government’s way they will get [financial] benefits, or that by getting close to power they will become the voice of China. Still, there hasn’t been any persecution or suppression. [Full text]

[Image: Jimmy Lai, from Newsweek Magazine]

July 29, 2007 10:45 AM
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