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Club Lunch: Journalism in Asia – Why The Digital Revolution Has Not Helped Press Freedom

Date: 1 Jan 1970 12:00 AM | Venue:

Journalism in Asia –

Why The Digital Revolution Has Not Helped Press Freedom

Speaker: Keith B. Richburg

Director,The Journalism and Media Studies Center, HKU

Former Bureau Chief & Foreign Editor, The Washington Post

12:30PM FOR 12:45PM – LUNCH

Twenty years ago, the internet revolution promised to empower ordinary people by democratizing information and break the stranglehold of authoritarian governments, particularly here in Asia.  Trying to control the internet, Bill Clinton once warned, would be like “trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.”  Now two decades on, that early promise seems largely unfilled. Censorship has flourished, repression is as heavy as ever, and governments, like in China, have learned to use the internet for their own purposes, and the hoped-for march of democracy has stalled, or even reversed.  What went wrong?


Keith B. Richburg spent more than 33 years as a correspondent for The Washington Post, including stints as Bureau Chief in Manila, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Paris, New York City and Beijing, and was also the paper’s Foreign Editor. Mr. Richburg returned to Hong Kong this year to become Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.  He is also the author of the 1997 book, “Out Of America; A Black Man Confronts Africa.”


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