The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech Under Attack

“Wherever you look, free speech is under attack”. Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian, May 2016

Event details:

Monday 13 March 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Visual Arts Centre
Lecture Theatre 4, Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road

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Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europes Name and Facts are Subversive. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He leads the 13-language Oxford University research project, and his latest book is Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World. Awards he has received for his writing include the Somerset Maugham Award, Prix Européen de l’Essai and George Orwell Prize. In May 2017  he will be awarded this year’s Charlemagne Prize.

Moderated by PEN Hong Kong member David Bandurski. 

David Bandurski is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin/Melville House, 2016), a book of reportage on villages in China and the politics of urbanisation. Currently editor of the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project website, he is a frequent commentator on Chinese media and freedom of expression. His articles have appeared in the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship and other publications. David is a producer of Chinese independent documentary and fiction films through his Hong Kong production company, Lantern Films.

Re-launched in September 2016, PEN Hong Kong brings together writers and other professionals to celebrate and promote creative and free expression. 

The mission of PEN Hong Kong is to bring together writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, translators, journalists, academics and others working in the field of the written word to celebrate and promote literature and creative expression. We are focused on defending freedom of expression in Hong Kong and the rest of China and shall join our counterparts in PEN International as advocates for freedom of expression worldwide.




「及眼所見,言論自由正四面受敵。」- Timothy Garton Ash,《衛報》,2016年5月)


2017年3月13日 (星期一)
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Timothy Garton Ash 為牛津大學歐洲研究教授、牛津大學聖安東尼學院以賽亞・柏林教授研究員,以及斯坦福大學胡佛研究所高級研究員。他是十本政治及「現在歷史」書籍的作者,作品包括《The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague》、《The File: A Personal History》、《In Europe’s Name》及《Facts are Subversive》。

他是《衛報》國際議題專欄作家及《紐約書評》撰稿人,並於牛津大學統籌十三種語言進行的研究項目。《Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World》是他的最新著作。他獲得的寫作獎項包括毛姆文學獎、韋隆歐洲雜文獎以及英國奧威爾獎。他將於2017年5月獲得查理曼獎。

班志遠 (David Bandurski) 將主持對話。

班志遠是《龍進鑽石村》(Dragons in Diamond Village,Penguin/Melville House, 2016)的作家,書中揭示了中國城市化問題和城中村政治。他現為香港大學中國傳媒研究計劃網站編輯,積極對中國媒體生態和言論自由作出評論,其文章廣為刊登,如《紐約時報》、《華爾街日報》、《Index on Censorship》等出版物。班志遠同時是其公司Lantern Films的獨立紀錄片和劇情片的製作人。

香港筆會於2016年九月重啟,旨在結集一眾文字創作界人士,包括作者、編輯、出版人、書商、翻譯員、記者及學者,攜手推廣文學及創新表達方式。我們將致力捍衛香港本地以至中國內地的創作自由,並與其他國際筆會(PEN International)的成員積極合作,一同推動全球言論自由的發展。



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Timothy Garton Ash Free Speech Under Attack at Visual Art Centre (Photo Credit: Echo Design & Production Studio)

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