Unfree Speech
Joshua Wong and Jason Y. Ng

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Narrated By: Dexter Galang

Duration: 5 hours and 11 minutes

What to expect

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- Introduction by Ai Weiwei -

An urgent manifesto for global democracy from the leading 23-year-old Hong Kong activist - Nobel Peace Prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader.

At what point do you stand up to power?

Age 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education – and won.

Since then Joshua founded Demosisto, led the Umbrella Revolution and spearheaded the Extradition Bill protests, which have seen an estimated 2 million people – more than a quarter of the population – take to Hong Kong’s streets. His actions have sparked worldwide attention, a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and over 100 days in jail.

In Unfree Speech, Joshua tells his story for the first time. Composed in three parts, Joshua chronicles his path to politics, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner under the Chinese state, and closes with a powerful and urgent call for all of us around the world to defend our democratic rights.

Hong Kong is the canary in the coal mine. When we stay silent, no-one is safe: when we free our speech, they can’t stop all of us.

© Jason Y. Ng and Joshua Wong 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Political activism, Human rights, civil rights, International relations

Listen to a sample

Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.

Greta Thunberg, climate change activist and bestselling author of No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines

Rana Mitter, Sunday Times

Joshua Wong represents a new generation of rebel. All they require and demand is a single value: freedom.

Ai Weiwei, artist and activist

If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way.

Timothy Snyder, historian and bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom

A call to arms for the Snapchat generation ... This book is a memoir of an extraordinary decade in which Wong went from a nerdy obsession with Marvel comics to a Netflix documentary in which he was characterised as a superhero for democracy.