6. mai: Hva skjer i Hong Kong? Med Jason Y. Ng (digitalt arrangement)

Forfatter Jason Y. Ng tar oss med til virkeligheten i Hong Kong under koronakrisa.


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I begynnelsen av februar møttes Norsk PEN-leder Kjersti Løken Stavrum og forfatter Jason Y. Ng til en samtale om Hong Kong under Bergen International Literary Festival. Der diskuterte de voldsomme opptøyer, kravene fra demonstrantene og motstanden mot et Kina som stadig griper hardere tak om Hong Kongs selvstyre.

Siden har vi hørt lite fra den lille øygruppen utenfor Kinas sørøstkyst. Men hva skjer egentlig i Hong Kong nå? Hva har hendt etter at demonstrasjonene la seg? Og hva har korona fått å si for ytringsfriheten? Vi skal bli litt klokere etter praten med Jason Y. Ng.

Om deltakerne:

  • Jason Y. Ng er en prisbelønt forfatter, aktivist og den første lederen av PEN Hong Kong. Han har skrevet flere bøker om Hong Kong, og bidrar jevnlig med spalter for The Guardian og South China Morning Post. I 2011 ble Ng kåret til Årets mann av ELLE Hong Kong.
  • Kjersti Løken Stavrum er leder for Norsk PEN, direktør for Stiftelsen Tinius og Blommenholm Industrier og leder for Regjeringens ytringsfrihetskommisjon. Tidligere journalist og redaktør. I desember 2019 reiste hun til Hong Kong for å se situasjonen på nært hold.

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Jason Y. Ng brings us the real Hong Kong.

In the beginning of February, Norwegian PEN President Kjersti Løken Stavrum and author and activist Jason Y. Ng met for a conversation on Hong Kong during Bergen International Literary Festival. They discussed massive rallies, the demands of the protesters and resistance against a China that is only becoming more aggressive against Hong Kong’s separate governing system.

Today, February feels like a long time ago. We have heard little about the events here since then. So what is actually happening in Hong Kong now? What happened after the demonstrations? And how has the COVID-19 situation affected freedom of speech? We will know more after this webtalk.

About the participants:

  • Jason Y. Ng is an author, activist and the first President of PEN Hong Kong. He is a columnist for The Guardian and South China Morning Post. In 2011 he was named Man of the Year by ELLE Hong Kong, and the two first books fo the Hong Kong trilogy were awarded with the Harvard Book Award.
  • Kjersti Løken Stavrum is the President of Norwegian PEN, CEO of Tinius Trust and Blommenholm Industrier and head of the Norwegian Government’s commission on freedom of speech. Former journalist and editor. In December 2019 she went to Hong Kong to see the situation up close.

2014 Kina/Hong Kong: Xu Xiao, Xue Ye etc.

Oslo, December 23rd 2014
His Excellency Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China
Dear Mr. President,

PEN International and the International Publishers Association are deeply concerned at a new wave of arrests of writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists in China in recent weeks, apparently for their public support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is expressing serious concern for the arrest and well-being of Xu Xiao, Xue Ye and Liu Jianshu He Zhengjun, Kuo Yanding and Zhang Miao, calling for their immediate and unconditional release if, as is feared, they are being persecuted for their legitimate professional activities and peaceful exercise of their right to free expression.

We protest against the renewed crackdown on government critics in recent months, and reminding the Chinese authorities that Article 35 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China provides for freedom of speech, and that as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which provides for freedom of legitimate expression, the right not to be arbitrarily detained, the right to a fair trial, and that the government refrain from acts that would defeat or undermine the treaty’s objective and purpose.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Øivind Hånes
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

 

COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs