The proposed amendments will allow the transfer of “fugitives” from Hong Kong to mainland China.
Activists, artists, and journalists perceived to be critical against China are increasingly facing harassment in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of British journalist Victor Mallet, who is also the vice president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has released its annual report on press freedom. HKJA chairperson Chris Yeung says that Hong Kong residents feel increasingly that the “China factor” has caused shrinkage of the room for free speech and free press.
Hong Kong’s Home Affairs Bureau removed 10 children’s books featuring stories about same-sex parents
Non-uniformed police attacked several Hong Kong-based journalists who were trying to interview a human rights lawyer in Beijing.
Survey results indicate that pressure from the Central Government is seen as a major force damaging press freedom in the city; 70% of journalists feel that press freedom in Hong Kong has worsened in the last year.
Beijing has been more forcefully asserting its influence over Hong Kong. In September, the leaders of 10 universities in Hong Kong condemned “abuses” of free speech on campuses.
The editor and a commentator for the Hong Kong Free Press have received threatening letters for “spreading hatred and dividing Hong Kong, China society”.
Three young leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement have been jailed for leading the 2014 protests.
Hong Kong journalists working in online-only media have been barred from attending at least two important press events, namely Carrie Lam’s first press gathering in her official capacity as the Chief Executive and her press conference to introduce her team of principal officials.
The IFJ strongly criticises the actions by authorities against the media during the visit of President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong.
A generation after Hong Kong was handed back to China, the level of media freedom in the former British colony has never been so low.
Internet-based and digital communications are not only unprotected by Hong Kong’s laws – they also introduce many relatively new ways to track a person’s behavior and activities.