Latest events

FREE EVENT: Media Freedom & Democracy in Hong Kong: the Trial of Jimmy Lai

FREE EVENT: Media Freedom & Democracy in Hong Kong: the Trial of Jimmy Lai

Price: FREE
Media Freedom & Democracy in Hong Kong: the Trial of Jimmy Lai
with Jimmy’s son Sebastien Lai, human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson, lead counsel and civil liberties expert Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC and award winning journalist Louisa Lim, author of Indelible City; Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong.

Thursday 4 July 2024 5.30 for 6pm – 7pm
Forum Theatre, Level 1 Arts West – North Wing

(Building 148a),

University of Melbourne, Parkville

Founder of Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, renowned pro-democracy campaigner and media entrepreneur is currently on trial in Hong Kong under the controversial new National Security Law, facing the possibility of a lifetime in prison.

Mr Lai has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of the persecution he has faced for his work advocating for democracy and civil liberties in Hong Kong.

Jimmy’s son, Sebastien Lai, has been dedicating his time to traveling the world advocating for his father’s release. He is now visiting Australia, along with lead counsel and civil liberties expert Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC and Australian-born barrister Jennifer Robinson to highlight his father’s plight.

At this special event, jointly presented by Melbourne Press Club and PEN Melbourne, they join Centre for Advancing Journalism’s Associate Professor Louisa Lim, to discuss the case and its far-reaching implications across the region.

Subscribe for news & updates from PEN Melbourne.

People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International