This excellent book is an inspiring reminder of the vital importance of a free press in any society that is struggling with difficult social and political problems. Throughout 2019, international observers relied on the South China Morning Post to reveal the full complexity of the Hong Kong situation. This book provides a chance for readers to reflect on what happened, and draw lessons for the future.
former United States Consul General to Hong Kong and Partner at The Asia Group
'One of the British Prime Ministers once complained of bias in the media and he was asked in which direction, and he said it's biased in every direction.' — Chris Patten. The events in 2019 shocked and polarized Hong Kong. A fearless and vibrant press is indispensable in such times. It is the price to pay for a free and pluralistic society that the press provokes disagreement, irritates, or even occasionally gets it wrong. The pieces in this volume will not — and are not designed to — please everybody. This is in the best traditions of the Post — long may it continue. I congratulate the Post for a job well done.
Paul Shieh SC
former Chairman, Hong Kong Bar Association
As mentioned in this book, the protests in Hong Kong against the extradition bill of 2019 were 'among the world's most visible political events in history'. Like the 2003 protest against the national security bill and the 'umbrella movement' of 2014, the 2019 movement was a watershed moment that raised fundamental questions about the future of 'one country, two systems'. This book, written by South China Morning Post journalists who eyewitnessed the turmoil is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to know what happened and to understand why.
Albert H Y Chen
Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Hong Kong and
member of the Basic Law Committee
2019 was a turbulent and tumultuous year for Hong Kong. Events followed fast upon each other. This collection of stories, interviews and analysis by seasoned reporters from the South China Morning Post performs the crucial service of recording what happened, asking why it happened, and, most important of all, not rushing to any quick conclusions. A powerful, and at times moving, account of a city under siege, but trying to find its way.
Director, Lau China Institute, King's College London