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"Self-censorship is not needed when you learn to be alone"

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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Structure: 5 Content:7.5 More like an opinion piece than a news story. Nicely written though.

by Athena Wong, 2nd October 2018

Overflowing information on the Internet has formed a society where everyone is trying to post pictures solely for likes, and media agencies fighting against each other for click rates. Should we be following the trend or our own pace?

More and more printed media centers are shutting down, or changing their way to report. Social media is flooded with all sorts of articles, no matter they are genuine writings or personal feelings from thousands of bloggers, all of us are fed with all sorts of information online. Grew up in Taiwan and studied abroad, Hu Ching-fang, a Taiwanese author who lives in Hong Kong now said it is very hard to just “be yourself” under all sorts of pressure in the Asian society.

Freedom of Speech has been a hot topic as the Government is suppressing its people by establishing the Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23. No matter how we write, we report or simply just think, might one day be illegal in the future, and soon we will be self-censoring every day. The society will be formed within a set of boundaries, where everyone will soon be only receiving limited information with no creativity allowed.

Hu said she learnt about the importance of freedom back in Taiwan University, as it affects how she thinks and writes. “Freedom is about doing what we love to do, read what we want to read and the true spirit of freedom shall be always respected,” Hu recalls how her friends were treated in the past, saying that children who grew up in Asian families had been seen to be tougher and stronger, for that they were brought up with “Tiger moms”, living with tough and rough situations.

“Universities should grant students freedom,” as she was asked if the youngsters should be responsible for economic growth, “you all should be thinking about what you like, go play and enjoy the process! There is nothing you can do or worry about now!” Unlike many typical stereotyped-moms, Hu said the most important thing she learnt in her life is to be “Alone”, not be afraid to fail nor to struggle. “Sometimes it might be a good idea to be at the back, just make sure you know what you are doing.”

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