The unilateral revision, which is supposed to identify ‘fake journalists’, is likened to an ‘official accreditation system’ and will ‘seriously impede press freedom in Hong Kong’.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association has released its 2020 media report titled ‘Freedom in Danger’. The report cited the challenges faced by the media sector over the past 12 months such as the COVID-19 crisis and the ‘political storm’ generated by the anti-extradition protests and the recently passed national security law.
Hong Kong’s press freedom index 2019 was the lowest ever since the Hong Kong Journalists Association began the survey in 2013. The sharp decline was attributed to law enforcement violence against journalists covering the widespread protests in the city over the past year.
United States citizens working as journalists at “The New York Times”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “The Washington Post” were ordered by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to surrender their press credentials.
A colonial-era law has been revived in Hong Kong to ban the use of facial covering during protests.
Disinformation campaigns have targeted the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association considers doxxing to be part of a concerted campaign to intimidate journalists and undermine reporting of the protests in the city.
The IFJ and HKJA, together with the undersigned organizations from all over the world, call on Hong Kong’s government to give stronger assurances that press freedom is protected in Hong Kong.