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On this week’s show, we are looking at the protests in Hong Kong that have attracted worldwide attention. Students and citizens alike have been protesting China’s decision to manage the region’s 2017 general election. Back in the 1980s, the United Kingdom and China negotiated a treaty that ceded Hong Kong back to China. According to that treaty, the people who run Hong Kong’s government are, eventually, to be selected through universal suffrage. In 2007, it was decided that the 2017 election would be the first to meet that criteria. Protesters say that what China has proposed, though, falls far short of universal suffrage. China wants to pre-select candidates for Hong Kong’s government based on guidelines it sets, instead of allowing any candidate run for any position.

This week on Global Journalist, we look at the protests and the situation in Hong Kong, and what it could mean for the region’s future.

Our guests:

  • Sam Wild, a documentarian and freelance journalist based in London. He recently completed a film entitled Hong Kong: Out of the Shadows;
  • Ming Sing, an associate professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He studies democratization and civil society;
  • Bridgette Hall, a South African freelance journalist based in Hong Kong. She has been covering the protests for South African media.

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