Ying Chan on why free speech transcends east and west

The east should not simply follow the west, but jointly search for universal values, says Ying Chan, director of the journalism and media centre at Hong Kong University.

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  1. Right on! Thanks Professor Chan.

    It is crucial that freedom of expression be seen and understood as a deeply-rooted, local value in non-western societies like Hong Kong, rather than as a Western transplant. That’s especially true as we enter a “post-western” world. But this is easier said than done.

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