…is reaching into other nations to deprecate their free speech.
Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Australia’s Charles Sturt University has written a book, Silent Invasion, that details the breadth of influence the People’s Republic of China has achieved within Australia. His publisher, Allen & Unwin, has decided to “delay” release of the book because the PRC is threatening “defamation action” against the publisher.
What defamation, exactly (and how does a private citizen defame a foreign government, anyway)? Hamilton says his book is
“very factual, very deeply researched,”…the “first comprehensive national study of Beijing’s program of exerting influence on another nation.”
He said he had documented the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on Australian political parties, universities and cultural organizations, as well as on Chinese living in Australia.
Apparently, on private enterprises, as well.
As Hamilton put it, Allen & Unwin’s decision to acquiesce to the PRC’s threats is
a watershed moment in Australia, when Beijing can suppress free speech.
Hamilton has said he’ll get another publisher, and it would seem he has another instance of PRC “influence” within Australia to describe. Along the way, I have to wonder why, in future, any author would want to do business with so unreliable a publisher.