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Mass arrests. Newspaper raids. Banned protests. Activists fleeing into exile. A curriculum designed to brainwash. The Telegraph’s award-winning China Correspondent Sophia Yan tells the inside story of how life in Hong Kong was turned upside down in just one year.

Hong Kong Silenced The Telegraph

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    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Mass arrests. Newspaper raids. Banned protests. Activists fleeing into exile. A curriculum designed to brainwash. The Telegraph’s award-winning China Correspondent Sophia Yan tells the inside story of how life in Hong Kong was turned upside down in just one year.

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    As Hong Kong is engulfed by the biggest pro-democracy protests in its modern history, hopes rise that people power will win the day and safeguard the city’s unique way of life. But Beijing has other plans.




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    Read more from Sophia Yan: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/s/sk-so/sophia-yan/ |

    Read more from Nicola Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/n/nf-nj/nicola-smith/ |

    Read more of The Telegraph's coverage of Hong Kong: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/hong-kong/ |

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    • 40 min
    Blank Paper

    Blank Paper

    A sweeping new law changes everything overnight, leaving Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement exposed and vulnerable - but unwilling to give up the fight. As the noose tightens, some are arrested, while others choose to flee into exile.




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    Read more from Sophia Yan: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/s/sk-so/sophia-yan/ |

    Read more from Nicola Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/n/nf-nj/nicola-smith/ |

    Read more of The Telegraph's coverage of Hong Kong: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/hong-kong/ |

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    • 34 min
    Loyalty

    Loyalty

    Beijing steps up its crackdown on Hong Kong, reaching behind closed doors to silence people’s private conversations, even their very thoughts. As the scope of the law becomes clear, a mother makes a difficult decision.




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    Read more from Sophia Yan: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/s/sk-so/sophia-yan/ |

    Read more from Nicola Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/n/nf-nj/nicola-smith/ |

    Read more of The Telegraph's coverage of Hong Kong: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/hong-kong/ |

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    • 34 min
    Two Paths

    Two Paths

    A year on from Beijing’s National Security Law, Hong Kong has been silenced. Or has it? Whether laying low in the city, in jail, or in exile, the Hong Kongers at the heart of our story take the long view and reflect on what’s next for the city.




    Get 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/silenced |

    Read more from Sophia Yan: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/s/sk-so/sophia-yan/ |

    Read more from Nicola Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/n/nf-nj/nicola-smith/ |

    Read more of The Telegraph's coverage of Hong Kong: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/hong-kong/ |

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    • 42 min
    Introducing Hong Kong Silenced

    Introducing Hong Kong Silenced

    Launching June 30th.

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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Aroswch ,

Brilliant and brave journalism

I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t listening to a historical documentary : the investigation, exposition and interviews are expertly put together, allowing the listener to understand the events, background and trajectory of the scenario.

I recommend this to anybody who wants to understand how state power can be harnessed to systematically dismantle the freedom of its citizens - depressingly familiar as it turns out : overly broad vague law justified in the name of security and stability, court systems with 99.9% conviction rates, citizens encouraged to denounce each other, schools used to disseminate the one-party government’s message, dawn-raids: the list goes on.

The uncomfortable reality is this is not a historical documentary about some previous dark time : this is all about 2019 up to and including the present day.

There is little doubt that this investigation involved a not-insignificant amount of bravery from the journalists and those willing to speak to them. (The fact that names are changed and actors are used to voice their words is one such tell).

I recommend this podcast.

Scribbler1916 ,

Hong Kong Silenced

Quite brilliant journalism. Gripping narrative. A lesson for us all who take free speech for granted - Geordie Hayward

Pan 1993 ,

Highly recommend

Gripping and frightening. Fantastically well produced informative podcast

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