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Unfree Speech

The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now

Joshua Wong Jason Y. Ng Ai Weiwei



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03 February 2020
The urgent, first book from global phenomenon Joshua Wong - leader of the Hong Kong protests, Nobel prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader - who will tell us how he took on the biggest country in the world, and why we all have a stake in the global fight for democracy.

'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader.' - GRETA THUNBERG Imprisoned on 2 December 2020 for the third time, read Joshua Wong's urgent and powerful story - the Hong Konger fighting for democracy.

INTRODUCTION BY AI WEIWEI, FOREWORD BY CHRIS PATTEN Unfree Speech is Joshua's urgent call for us to defend our democratic values, whoever we are.

It chronicles Joshua's path to activism, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner, and closes with a powerful and urgent manifesto for us to defend our democracies at time of global flux and change.

Joshua Wong made history when he was 14. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education - and won.

Since then, he led the Umbrella Movement, founded a political party, and rallied the international community around the Hong Kong protests, which saw 2 million people take to the streets. Now, he is in jail again. His actions have sparked worldwide attention and earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, as he continues to fight for what he believes in.

His message is clear- when we stay silent, no one is safe. When we free our speech, our voice becomes one.

'If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way.' - Timothy Snyder, bestselling author of On Tyranny 'A guide to mobilising for democracy and representation in and far beyond Hong Kong.' - Julia Lovell, award-winning author of Maoism - The Times Book of the Week - - Observer Book of the Week - - Named by the Financial Times as one of the 50 people who shaped the decade -
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Imprint:   W H ALLEN
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   226g
ISBN:   9780753554791
ISBN 10:   0753554798
Pages:   176
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joshua Wong (Author) Joshua Wong was born in 1996. He has been named by TIME, Fortune, Prospect and Forbes as one of the world's most influential leaders. In 2018 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in the Umbrella Revolution. He is Secretary-General of Demosisto, a pro-democracy organisation which he founded in 2016 that advocates for self-determination in Hong Kong. Joshua came onto the political scene in 2011 aged 14, when he founded Scholarism and successfully protested against the enforcement of Chinese National Education in Hong Kong. He has been arrested by the Chinese state numerous times for his protesting and activism and has served over 100 days in jail. He has been the subject of two documentaries, including the Netflix original documentary, Joshua- Teenager vs Superpower. This is the first time his work has been published in English. Jason Y. Ng (Author) Jason Y. Ng is a lawyer, activist, newspaper columnist, former president of PEN Hong Kong and author of three acclaimed books charting Hong Kong's post-colonial development, HONG KONG State of Mind, No City for Slow Men, and Umbrellas in Bloom. Ng has covered Joshua Wong's story since he founded Scholarism in 2012 and has become a personal friend. He continues to report on and advocate for Joshua's cause.

Reviews for Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now

Joshua Wong represents a new generation of rebel. All they require and demand is a single value: freedom. * Ai Weiwei, artist and activist * If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way. * Timothy Snyder, historian and bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom * Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced. * Greta Thunberg, climate change activist and bestselling author of No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference *

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