This episode contains strong language.
Jimmy Lai was born in mainland China, but started as a workwear workshop employee in Hong Kong and became a clothing tycoon. After the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, he turned his attention to the media, publishing a publication criticizing the Chinese Communist Party.
“I believe in the media,” he told Austin Ramsay, a Hong Kong reporter for The New York Times. “By providing information, you are actually giving freedom.”
In August, he was arrested under Hong Kong’s new Beijing-backed national security law.
Today we talk with Mr. Lai about his life, his arrest, and his campaign for democracy against the growth of power in China.
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Austin Ramzy contributed to the reporting.
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