Mar 10, 2014

by Doreen Weisenhaus with contributions by Rick Glofcheski and Yan Mei Ning (Expanded Second Edition, Hong Kong University Press 2014)

“The greatly expanded new edition of Hong Kong Media Law by Doreen Weisenhaus is of great importance, and not only to Hong Kong and mainland China. It alerts us to the threats to free speech from political censorship and the chilling effects of archaic laws. It is a wake-up call for judges, lawyers and politicians in showing what needs to be done in the digital age to protect our freedom of expression and democratic rights and privacy against abuses of power.”

–Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC


“In this second edition of her ground-breaking book, Hong Kong Media Law, Doreen Weisenhaus raises the bar again.  In lucid and succinct language rooted in first-class scholarship, she updates the considerable change that has taken place and may take place in one of the world’s most unique legal and journalistic environments. She also takes Hong Kong Media Law global, by comparing how laws in Hong Kong compare to those in other common law jurisdictions, including where it all began in the UK.”


–Mark Stephens, CBE, President, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, London

“Now more than ever, Hong Kong stands astride vastly different geopolitical worlds. Journalists and other media professionals, as well as their lawyers, need sharp, concise and expert insight to navigate that territory. The  second edition of Hong Kong Media Law provides just that insight. It is an indispensable tool that belongs on the desk of every media lawyer, reporter and public relations specialist whose work relates to Hong Kong.”

 –Charles Glasser, Esq., Global Media Counsel (Ret.), Bloomberg News and author, The International Libel and Privacy Handbook

“Maybe Edward Snowden read the first edition of Hong Kong Media Law and that’s why he knew of our ‘strong tradition of free speech’ and had ‘faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law’. This second edition tells us that these values are being tested. Post-Snowden, the world will learn more about Hong Kong’s true state of media freedom from reading this excellent book.”

–Simon NM Young, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, and co-editor, Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal: The Development of the Law in China’s Hong Kong

“This edition covers much new ground, doing so with admirable academic rigour…I can foresee future editions. I have no doubt that it will become a staple work in our libraries and offices, remaining equally rich in detail and clear in structure, no doubt a burden for its author but much more so a boon for its readers. “

–from the new foreword by the Hon. Michael Hartmann, GBS, non-permanent justice, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong