L. Gordon Crovitz
Crovitz reflects on an unprecedented open letter from 23 well-known Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elders calling for free speech. The party elders note that Britain gave its colony of Hong Kong more freedom than the Communist Party gives China. Disillusioned, they are now demanding press freedom. Crovitz says the CCP will reform itself when its splits become too wide to cover over. For the outside world, the opportunity is to encourage the growing number of disillusioned cadres who understand that modern countries rely on a free flow of information, for ordinary citizens and their leaders alike.
Crovitz writes ‘Information Age’ for the Journal.