Dr. Cherian George is a Professor of Media Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication and Film, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Research. He studies media freedom, censorship and hate propaganda. His books include: Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (MIT Press, 2016); Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (with Sonny Liew, MIT Press, 2021); and Media and Power in Southeast Asia (with Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Cambridge, 2019). He received his PhD in communication from Stanford University and holds a master’s from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Before joining academia, Professor George was a journalist at The Straits Times in Singapore. He continues to practice professional journalism as the editor and publisher of What’s Up, an independent monthly current affairs newspaper for Singapore schoolchildren. He has served as a judge for various international journalism awards including the Fetisov Journalism Awards.