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Club Lunch – ‘Political Censorship in British Hong Kong’: A Lunch with Author Dr Michael Ng

Date: 1 Feb 2023 12:30 PM — 02:00 PM | Venue: Dining Room



‘Political Censorship in British Hong Kong’:
A Lunch with Author Dr Michael Ng
12:30PM FOR 12:45PM – LUNCH
Drawing on archival materials, Dr Michael Ng challenges the widely accepted narrative that freedom of expression in Hong Kong is a legacy of British rule of law. Demonstrating that the media and schools were pervasively censored for much of the colonial period and only liberated at a very late stage of British rule, Dr Ng’s new book Political Censorship in British Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression and the Law (1842–1997) complicates our understanding of how Hong Kong came to be a city that championed free speech by the late 1990s. With extensive use of primary sources, the free press, freedom of speech and judicial independence are all revealed to be products of Britain’s China strategy. Dr Ng shows that, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, Hong Kong’s legal history was deeply affected by China’s relations with world powers. Demonstrating that Hong Kong’s freedoms drifted along waves of change in global politics, this book offers a new perspective on the British legal regime in Hong Kong. Moderated by FCC Correspondent Member Governor Jennifer Jett.

Dr Michael Ng is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. Dr Ng is a legal historian focusing on the legal history of modern China and Hong Kong. He published widely in leading academic journals and authored a number of books. His latest works include Political Censorship in British Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression and the Law (1842–1997) (Cambridge University Press) and Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong Kong: Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Routledge). He has also been appointed as visiting scholar of the University of Cambridge, University of Melbourne and National University of Singapore, and visiting Associate Professor of National Taiwan University. Prior to joining HKU Law Faculty in 2012, Dr Ng has served in the legal and finance sectors for more than 15 years.
$200 (MEMBERS)    $270 (GUESTS)
This event is only for club members, their guests and the media.
Reservation: (tel) 2521 1511, (fax) 2868 4092 or (email)  [email protected]
Members of the media who wish to attend must register by sending an email to us.
*  Each member can bring up to two guests for the above event.

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*  No cancellations will be accepted after Noon on Monday, January 30, 2023.

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