Hong Kong: Court Finds Five Guilty Of Sedition Over Children's Books

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The Facts

  • On Wed., a Hong Kong District Court found five speech therapists guilty of conspiracy to produce 'seditious' illustrated children's books allegedly intended to promote hatred toward local authorities and Beijing.

  • Lorie Lai, Melody Yeung, Sidney Ng, Samuel Chan and Marco Fong - all in their mid-to-late 20s - pleaded not guilty. They will be sentenced on Sat. and face up to two years in jail.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

Hong Kong authorities have been using the overly broad crime of sedition to clamp down on peaceful dissent. Even writing children's books has become a crime as creative productions are now vulnerable to subjective judgements.

Pro-China narrative

These illustrated books were produced solely with the intent to brainwash very young minds against the government, promoting sedition and exalting unlawful behavior. This could affect the notion of right and wrong in future generations.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Hong Kong will stop being a Special Administrative Region of China by 2046, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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