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

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The Times and Observer Book of the Week

'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.' - Greta Thunberg

'One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines.' - Rana Mitter, Sunday Times

'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

Named by the Financial Times as one of the 50 people who shaped the decade

- Introduction by Ai Weiwei -

An urgent manifesto for global democracy from the leading 23-year-old Hong Kong activist - Nobel Peace Prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader.

At what point do you stand up to power?

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

Since then, Joshua has led the Umbrella Movement, founded a political party, and rallied the international community around the anti-Extradition Bill protests, which have seen 2 million people - more than a quarter of the population - take to Hong Kong's streets. His actions have sparked worldwide attention, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and landed him in jail twice.

Composed in three parts, Unfree Speech chronicles Joshua's path to activism, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner, and closes with a powerful and urgent call for all of us globally to defend our democratic values.

When we stay silent, no one is safe. When we free our speech, our voice becomes one.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 18mm | 226g
  • W H Allen
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753554798
  • 9780753554791
  • 773

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"One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines"
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A call to arms for the Snapchat generation ... This book is a memoir of an extraordinary decade in which Wong went from a nerdy obsession with Marvel comics to a Netflix documentary in which he was characterised as a superhero for democracy. * Tim Adams, The Observer (Book of the Week) * One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines * Rana Mitter, Sunday Times * 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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About Joshua Wong

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. He has followed Joshua's story from its beginnings in 2011, and has continued to report and advocate for his cause ever since.
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