Digital Authoritarianism and the Global Threat to Free Speech, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, April 26, 2018   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the April 26, 2018 hearing titled "Digital Authoritarianism and the Global Threat to Free Speech," held before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the opening statement of Marco Rubio: "The topic, of course, of today's hearing is freedom of expression and China's pervasive and unrelenting efforts to stifle speech at home and now increasingly abroad. And so it's timely and it's important. We have long known of the Chinese Communist Party's massive censorship regime and suppression of free speech and expression within its own borders. The Commission's political prisoner database testifies to the human toll of the Chinese Communist Party's repression in this regard. But now the party is increasingly exporting its authoritarianism abroad, trying to suppress speech, stifle free inquiry, and seeking to control narratives around the world. America and other like-minded nations must contend with this long arm of China and the growing threat it poses to our open democratic systems." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sarah Cook, Clive Hamilton, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Christopher Smith.

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