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Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement: First Event Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of June 4th

"Freedom to Read in New Hong Kong Symposium"

Discussing Hong Kong's freedom of reading, the fragmentation of domestic and international media, and the war between memory and forgetting.

Date: February 17, 2024

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre (Broadway) 711 W Broadway, Vancouver.

Fee: $5.00 (for venue rental)

Overview of Symposium Content:

• Reviewing the 35th anniversary of June 4th

• Reporting of the June 4th tragedy has turned from official history to taboo, and how history has been rewritten

• The disappearance of files related to the 1967 Hong Kong riots in the Hong Kong Public Records Office, and how journalists searched for them

• Targeting of independent bookstores, the inability to publish quality books, and how the civil society interacts

• Case study: The magazine "Flow HK" published in Taiwan

• What will happen to Hong Kong without freedom of reading?

The symposium will begin with a discussion of the 35th anniversary of June 4th, reviewing related books being removed from shelves, details no longer reportable, and a gap in memory emerging. The Hong Kong government is systematically cleansing major historical events, with publishing and distribution being fully controlled by the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government. Independent bookstores, small publishers and daring authors are targeted. Critics are silenced. Under the shadow of the National Security Law and the imminent passage of the article 23, how can we understand the truth with the flow of information obstructed?


• Mak Hoi Wah, Former Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

• Lo, Yan-Wai, Senior media person and director of a documentary “Vanished Archives”

• Billy Fung, Member, Editorial Board, Flow HK


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