WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of the trial of Hong Kong businessman, publisher, and democracy activist Jimmy Lai, the Ronald Reagan Institute’s Center for Freedom and Democracy will host an event titled, “The Fight for Freedom: Jimmy Lai and Democracy in Hong Kong.” Co-sponsored by the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the event will feature remarks from Jimmy Lai’s son, Sebastien Lai, a screening of the award-winning documentary The Hong Konger, and a panel discussion about Jimmy Lai’s case and the state of freedom in Hong Kong today. The discussion will be moderated by Jay Nordlinger of National Review and include Sebastien Lai, Sunny Cheung of the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Mark Clifford of the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation, and Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, a human rights lawyer serving as international counsel for Jimmy and Sebastien Lai.
About The Film: The Hong Konger is a documentary produced by the Acton Institute. When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms came under attack, newspaper publisher and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai found himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties and ensuring his own freedom.
The Fight for Freedom: Jimmy Lai and Democracy in Hong Kong
Fred Ryan, Chairman, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute
Sebastien Lai, Son of Jimmy Lai and leader of the campaign to secure his father’s freedom
Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor, National Review
Dr. Mark Clifford, President, Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation
Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, Human rights lawyer serving as international counsel for Jimmy and Sebastien Lai
Sunny Cheung, Visiting Fellow, SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University
4:00 PM ET, Thursday, September 7th
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
850 16th Street
Washington, DC 20006
About the Reagan Foundation and Institute:
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is the sole nonprofit organization created by President Reagan charged with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles – individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a nonpartisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion, the award-winning Reagan Leadership Center and the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s mission in Washington, D.C.
The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.Download Press Release