Romney, Markey announce subcommittee hearing on the assault on freedom of expression in Asia

U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today announcing a subcommittee hearing next week.

“We are pleased to announce that the East Asia Subcommittee will hold a hearing featuring three outstanding witnesses to examine how the United States can take a greater leadership role to protect freedom of expression in the Asia Pacific region and support journalists, activists, and everyday citizens who risk their lives to exercise and maintain this basic human right,” said Senators Markey and Romney in a joint statement. “Across Asia, freedom of expression is under attack as authoritarian governments, often taking their cues from China, draw from the same playbook to suppress, censor, and stifle non-violent free speech, media, assembly, and religion.” 

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has been used as justification by many leaders to silence their critics. As a country built on the foundation of freedom of expression, the United States must speak out forcefully when this fundamental right is under attack. We look forward to hearing from these experts on the status of freedom of expression in the region, and their recommendations for actions the United States and the international community can take to protect this fundamental freedom,” the senators continued.


WHAT: Hearing for the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy titled, “The Assault on Freedom of Expression in Asia.”


  • Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-founder of Rappler
  • Joey Siu, Policy Advisor at Hong Kong Watch
  • Sarah Cook, Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan at Freedom House

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 106 (SD-106), Livestream