Lai Chee-ying — Jimmy Lai


Born December 8, 1947


Lai Chee-ying, known as Jimmy Lai, was born in China and fled to Hong Kong as a child where he became a highly successful entrepreneur. Lai founded a publishing house in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre which published, among other items, the liberal Apple Daily newspaper. In 2021, the Chinese Communist Party forced the Apple Daily to close,  arrested Jimmy Lai and froze his assets.


Essential Thoughts


When dictatorship competes with democracy, it always comes up short, because it has to divert a great part of its resources to controlling its people. That suffocates society’s energy and creativity by impeding the flow of information and ideas. — "There’s Hope for Freedom, Even in China"


The hustle and bustle of the free market is built on liberty and the rule of law. Without those values, how can [anyone] be a trusted member of the world community or a reliable partner of the global business community?

— "There’s Hope for Freedom, Even in China"


This [everyday life] is just living my life peacefully but if I’m in jail I’m living my life meaningfully. — "Last Interview" with BBC


If they can induce fear in you, that’s the easiest way to control you, that’s the cheapest way to control you and the most effective way. — "Last Interview" with BBC


As a media man I understand that the coverage of events will disproportionately focus on acts of violence. Please don’t let the acts of a desperate few blind the world to the violence and oppression that sustains the regime in Beijing—and the fundamentally peaceable nature of the Hong Kong people. All we see from our government is a coldblooded campaign of arrests, greater control of private companies … and interference in the teaching at our high schools. — "There’s Hope for Freedom, Even in China"​​​​​​​