Friday, July 14, 2017

Treating Words As Crimes

I hope that I will be the last victim in China's long record of treating words as crimes. Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth.  To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.

-- Liu Xiaobo (28 December 1955 - 13 July 2017), Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule, NPR "Liu Xiaobo: 'No Enemies, No Hatred', Only Courage", 16 February 2012

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