Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes the election-boycott agony onto a new level of mind games: if you don’t vote it means you love me and also have a very tiny penis, so there. (If her mysterious ancient-wisdom ‘saying’ about satisfied citizens not voting is correct, DAB/FTU/Regina-followers who turn out are challenging the CCP. Discuss.)
Slightly Weird Report of the Week Award goes to the SCMP story that mentions in passing that the Hong Kong Police plan to ‘publish a book on the Greater Bay Area for kindergartens’. Hipper than writing parking tickets, I guess.
Courtesy of the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, an Apple Daily special edition with contributions from Kevin Carrico and others – for Jimmy Lai’s 74th birthday.
Reporters Without Borders issue a report on plummeting press freedom in Hong Kong.
CMP on why China’s patriotic blockbuster Battle at Lake Changjin is a hit at home and a flop overseas (includes brutal extracts from movie reviews)…
…while The Battle at Lake Changjin may have been a domestic success, earning more than 895 million dollars by the end of November, it has seriously misfired internationally, and the self-congratulatory tone of much coverage inside China points to the continued myopia of the country’s media system when it comes to crafting stories the rest of the world can relate to.
CNN offers a plain and effective guide to Beijing’s insistence that it is a democracy.
And as a reminder of what Chinese-style democracy is missing, check out this presidential campaign ad from Chile. Been replaying this all morning.