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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair and cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), will convene a hearing entitled “Digital Authoritarianism & The Global Threat to Free Speech” this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
 
In February, Rubio warned of Beijing’s efforts to influence American public policy and basic freedoms. Last October, Rubio and Smith released the CECC’s 2017 Annual Report on human rights and the rule of the law in China.
 
The hearing will be livestreamed via the “Live Hearings” link on the webpage and the CECC’s YouTube channel. 
 
Witnesses:
 
Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and author, Silent Invasion; China’s Influence in Australia
 
Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice
 
Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst for East Asia and editor China Media Bulletin, Freedom House
 
Roy Jones, Former Marriott employee 
 
Hearing Details:
Digital Authoritarianism & The Global Threat to Free Speech
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. EDT
SR-301, Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.