Journalistic freedom is topic of seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

From left: Sara Cardoso Torres Vinagre, Briar Wooldridge, Adrianna Zawadzka, Seb Old, Ross Barnett, Alex Leadbitter, Toby Jeffery and Yousuf Ali

By Sara Cardoso Torres Vinagre

Eight DMU Journalism students visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong for a seminar on freedom of speech.

As part of DMU’s trip to Hong Kong, pupils were invited to visit the university’s incredible campus which stands on a mountainside and is so extensive you have to get around by bus.

After having lunch at the canteen and enjoying one of the university’s beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline, students went to an informal talk with Professor Lokman Tsui of the University’s School of Journalism and Communications.

Professor Tsui, explored themes such as freedom of speech in China, press freedom, internet safety while giving an insight on what is like working for the University.

On the theme of internet safety, he brought up the lack of Internet security modules in education and how important they should be to everyone to learn about how to encrypt their data.

He said: “We all care about our privacy. There’s so much more we could do but we don’t know how.”

He then went on to speak about the role journalists working for corporate newspapers or working for a country with different views such as China. He said “It’s the job of journalists to speak the truth when no one else can see it.”

Students got a chance to find out more about how the political and social aspects in Hong Kong differ from mainland China and how different countries deal with freedom of speech on social media.

Journalism student Adrianna Zawadzka, said: “I think it’s incredible that we got the opportunity to visit this university.

“We talked about so many interesting topics in the seminar and a lot of questions I had about Hong Kong and China were answered.”

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A spectacular backdrop to the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Shatin

 

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