A protester listens to the dialogue session between Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and the public in Wan Chai on September 26. Photo: May Tse
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Has fake news, spread by social media, led to the riots we see today? If so, has free speech failed?

  • Free speech and the rule of law are built on an understanding of civil deliberation and a good-faith search for truth
  • With online falsehoods turning us against one another, often violently, is it time for governments to step in?

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A protester listens to the dialogue session between Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and the public in Wan Chai on September 26. Photo: May Tse
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
David Zweig
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David Zweig

If the protest violence continues in Hong Kong, the only winners are Beijing and one-party rule

  • The violence in Hong Kong benefits Beijing and its narrative that one-party rule is the basis of prosperity. Beijing’s curtailing of Hong Kong’s most important institutions has helped foment the current crisis, but violence is not the solution

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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