褚簡寧 Michael Chugani
Today's surreal Hong Kong: Be careful what you say or do
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Hong Kong politics is now surreal. Think twice before you say or do anything. Forget about Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's assurances that free speech still exists. It does not. Expect a 6am knock on the door by national security police if you exercise free speech in its true meaning.
Using free speech is now a Damocles sword defined by Beijing's many vague red lines. Read George Orwell's 1984 to understand that. It's not me describing our new national security law as a sword. Senior mainland official Zhang Xiaoming called it the Sword of Damocles last year after Beijing imposed the law on Hong Kong. Don't waste time understanding the red lines. There are so many they will blur your eyes.
Lam's definition of free speech is don't ask her tough questions if you are a journalist. Nabela Qoser of RTHK learned that the hard way. She effectively got fired. Avoid investigative reporting that embarrasses the government. RTHK's Choy Yuk-ling investigated the 2019 Yuen Long MTR thug attack against passengers and protesters. Police arrested her. ...