S2E6: Can democ­ra­cy sur­vive in Hong Kong?

The pro-democ­ra­cy move­ment in Hong Kong is fac­ing its most severe cri­sis today. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has been tight­en­ing its grip over the island slow­ly but sure­ly to sti­fle polit­i­cal protest, impose restric­tions on free­dom of press, and ham­per free and fair elec­tions. Activists have been fight­ing for civ­il lib­er­ties and demo­c­ra­t­ic rights, e.g. from the Umbrel­la Rev­o­lu­tion of 2014 to the huge anti-extra­di­tion law demon­stra­tions in 2020. Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Bap­tist Uni­ver­si­ty) explores the events lead­ing up to the back­lash against civic activism, the cur­rent state of democ­ra­cy in Hong Kong and its future prospects.

Since the record­ing of this episode, the Apple Dai­ly News has been forced to close. It was the last print news out­let open­ly crit­i­cal of the Chi­nese government.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.