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【海外視角】美國著名記者和教授Michael J Jordan關於香港近況的評論
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美國著名記者和教授Michael J Jordan,喺新冠隔離期間通過youtube表達咗他對香港這個城市嘅希冀,同時Michael都積極呼籲反對暴力,「但如果你變得暴力,你將失去公正人士的支持,失去言論自由的擁護者的支持。我只希望和平回到這個特殊的城市。」

附英文全文:

I'm Michael J Jordan. Speak to you from US state of New Jersey on quarantine to Covid-19 pandemic.

Hong Kong is one of the world's great cities and financial capitals. Yet it's once again burst into global headlines, due to violent clashes between anti-government protesters and Hong Kong police.

But this is a far cry from the Hong Kong that I grew to love, as a journalist and visiting professor. In fact, as an American who's been fortunate to have also lived in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Of all the cities where I've worked, Hong Kong stands out as the place most like my home-base of New York City.

To me, Hong Kong feels like “the New York of the East” as a city that never sleeps, Where the dynamism of the street fuels my adrenaline every day. I'd walk for hours photographing ordinary people living their lives. Then sit in a café to write about my experiences, like these photos and stories.

However, it wasn't just the city I fell in love with but my Chinese students as well. From 2009 to 2016, I was a seven-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Spending six weeks each year teaching International Journalism to about 100 graduate students. Most of my journalism students were from mainland China, and generally arrived with great enthusiasm and appreciation for this opportunity to be studying in English in a territory that was what I called “China-plus”. Certainly Chinese but with so many features of an international multicultural city.

It's because of all these memories that I'm saddened to see Hong Kong erupt in renewed violence. The central government in Beijing is now pushing for what it says is a necessary new National Security law.

But some Hong Kongers see it as another attempt by Beijing to impose its will on the former British colony. Since being returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong has enjoyed a degree of autonomy found nowhere else on the mainland,

Through a policy known as “one country, two systems.” We in the international audience hear dueling narratives between the Chinese and the West, with both focusing on different extremes.

The Chinese media tend to focus on the most violent protestors and their destructive actions.

While largely ignoring the more reasonable protesters. On the other hand, the Western media tend to spotlight the peaceful protestors and their demands. While largely ignoring the more violent elements within their movement.

Look, I myself haven't been in Hong Kong for four years, so I don't know exactly what the situation is like on the ground.Even many there probably don't know. But I can say with some confidence that the situation is far from black and white,with many shades of grey.

And the outside world isn't receiving a full complete picture of this reality. All that said there can be no tolerance of violence. I recall watching one television interview last year, when a Western journalist pressed a young spokeswoman for the protesters, about the extremists within her movement. She refused to denounce the violence basically asking “What can even we do to control those who are more violent?”

The fact she even refused to demonstrated a cluelessness or naivete, or indicated that some movement leaders do indeed condone violence. Violence like this is not only morally unjustified, it's rarely defensible. Like other people, I myself have been furious before. Even at my own government. protest is one thing. But I never felt so outraged that it drove me to smash a shop-window, or destroy a traffic-light, or hurl a glass bottle at a police officer.

Or could it be that some violent protestors hope to achieve something darker to provoke a crackdown? They know the police must respond somehow, and in heavier-handed fashion than you.

Are you hoping to have your victimization filmed, then go viral, to turn yourself into a martyr for the cause? Regardless, and I'm now speaking as a Communications Consultant, turning to violence is also a lousy Communication strategy. The protest movement clearly hopes to drum up support from Western governments, western activists, western media, and other backers.

But if you turn violent, you run the risk of losing the support of fair-minded, freedom-of-expression advocates....like me.

All I hope is that peace returns to this special city.