Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE
Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Amid the rush to condemn the national security law, let’s count the freedoms Hong Kong still has

  • The evidence that Hong Kong’s freedoms have been suppressed is poor. An honest position should be to acknowledge that a security law is needed, and emphasise that Hong Kong’s future depends on Beijing’s respect for its high degree of autonomy

Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE
Commercial buildings sit in Admiralty district in Hong Kong, on July 15. Claims that Hong Kong has lost its freedoms are daily contradicted by continuing protests, feisty press freedom, and a robust community of independent and cantankerous lawyers and judges. Photo: EPA-EFE
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.