The Times: Free University of Berlin ‘censors history’ after taking money from China

The Times quotes me on a professorship at Free University Berlin sponsored by the Chinese government: “One of the big problems of Chinese influence is that it is often not in the public eye. Professors could be censored or practise self-censorship. I don’t think such professorships should exist in Germany. The fear is especially real for sinologists: if you speak out critically against China, you might not get a visa in the future or you might be disadvantaged in other ways. This means many simply decide to keep silent.”

Hong Kong Free Press: Journalist David Missal wins Human Rights Press award for HKFP video on rights lawyer Lin Qilei

Journalist David Missal has won a Human Rights Press Award for a mini-documentary published by Hong Kong Free Press. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Master of Journalism student took home a prize in the Student Video & Audio (English) category on Thursday for a video about Chinese human rights lawyer Lin Qilei. Lin, who represented activists and religious practitioners, told Missal that he was “prepared to be imprisoned.”