Hong Kong’s Media Under Siege – The Diplomat

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                    Because the world celebrates journalists, this yr’s Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Hong Kong silences the media.


A Hong Konger holds up the final situation of Apple Each day on June 24, 2021.
Credit score: Flickr/ Studio IncendoOn October 8, two journalists from the Philippines and Russia have been collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his or her work to safeguard freedom of expression, a elementary proper the committee emphasised as “a precondition for democracy and lasting peace” in a world threatened by encroaching authoritarianism. Probably the most troubling reflections of this development has taken place in Hong Kong, the place the media sector is quickly turning into unrecognizable underneath the Beijing-imposed nationwide safety legislation (NSL) that took impact simply over a yr in the past.

In in the present day’s Hong Kong, journalists can face life imprisonment for vital reporting; on-line content material is eliminated at orders of the police; web sites are blocked; and the unbiased journalism wanted to tell the general public and maintain leaders accountable is being changed with state propaganda.

Over the previous month, Hong Kong authorities have additional tightened the screws on the town’s media alongside utilizing the wide-reaching NSL provisions to additional limit academic freedom, civil society organizations, and social services. Having pressured the closure of distinguished prodemocracy newspaper Apple Each day, authorities are actually working to rein in the local journalists union and other independent media.

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