Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan


Journalist. Global Reporting Centre | @dwnews | latest in WashPost, Atlantic, NYT. Bosch Fellow ‘18. Knight Fellow ‘13. Tweeting: China/Asia | Germany/EU | USA.

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Propaganda logic never makes much sense, but I can't get over Beijing's repeated warnings to respect "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong when China has been the one breaking the arrangement all this time.

@fluffysharp  After admitting to my career coach that I procrastinate by doing the laundry, she told me a lot of Silicon Valley execs do that — it's apparently what Type A personalities do because we can't just let go and Netflix — there's got to be some sense of accomplishment.

I'll be in Hamburg next month with @nextconf  moderating this panel: "Demystifying China’s impact on tech and society." With Rogier Creemers and Olinga Taeed. If you're in the region, come! Link:

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There’ve been a few headlines or things in the opinion section of the @SCMPNews  that makes one go 🤔 but honestly nothing worse than some of the stuff in other media. My own feeling is it’s actually editorially stronger than it was a few years ago.

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As someone who has had my press credentials denied by authoritarian China, I never thought I'd see this crap happen in the US. And this "most reporters are okay but is aggressive" thing is the EXACT line Chinese propaganda printed about me. It's a tactic, people.

The people of Hong Kong should be up for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two million protesters — orderly, recycling, giving way to ambulances as massive crowds part, giving safety hat and gear to visiting foreign correspondents — what better example of peaceful resistance in 2019?

Right now, they're singling out . But tomorrow it'll be Journalist X. And later Journalist Y and Z. It can happen very quickly. And of course, there's always something wrong with the reporter. They'll go back ten years to find something you misreported if they have to.

While you don't feel daily oppression in an authoritarian country, part of my job was to see what happened when the state DID cross paths with ordinary people. And when it does, law and justice are not there for you, and trust me, it's BAD.

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