China insight and Julian Assange (E381)
China appears to be on everyone’s mind at the moment. It’s the world’s second-biggest economy, source of the coronavirus and first to recover from it, and apparently politically stable despite the hopes of regime-change enthusiasts in the West. China is the very definition of ‘he who cannot be ignored’, so at the very least China needs to be understood accurately. So, we invited an American in Beijing, journalist, commentator and editor Tom McGregor, to help us.
Julian Assange is the most famous journalist behind bars in the world, but you won’t hear or see much news coverage in the British press of his incarceration in Britain’s most notorious maximum-security prison. Belmarsh is a Category A prison in South-East London and is best known for holding terror-related prisoners and some of the country’s worst murderers. So, just what can we make of a journalist and publisher rubbing shoulders with Britain’s foulest criminals? To help us make sense of it all we invited academic and leading trade unionist Deepa Govindarajan Driver onto the show.