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Journalists attacked in China since 1992

  

Hong Kong police arrest Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai under new National Security Law

Washington, D.C., August 9, 2020–Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Digital, which owns the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, was arrested early Monday in Hong Kong under Hong Kong’s new National Security Law for alleged collusion with foreign powers, according to a tweet by Next Digital executive Mark Simon and news reports. “The arrest of media tycoon…

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Chinese journalist Lu Yuyu describes abuse and mistreatment over 4 years in prison

Covering protests in China is a difficult and dangerous task, as Lu Yuyu, the founder of the blog Not News, knows firsthand. Lu ran the outlet with his partner, Li Tingyu, with the goal of evading censorship and publishing information about protests throughout the country. Not News covered demonstrations against land grabs, wage disputes, pollution,…

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Prospects bleak for recovery of US media presence in China

The slugfest between China and the U.S. over the treatment of media workers in each country appears to have paused. Rather than expel each other’s journalists, as they did a few months ago, each side in early July imposed registration and reporting requirements on those remaining—still many more Chinese in the U.S. than Americans in…

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Hong Kong denies work permit to New York Times correspondent Chris Buckley

Taipei, July 15, 2020 – In response to the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s denial of New York Times reporter Chris Buckley’s work permit, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Barring a New York Times journalist from working in Hong Kong violates the fundamental promise of press freedom given repeatedly to the Hong…

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Data journalists describe challenges of reporting on the true toll of COVID-19

How many people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus, and how many have died as a result? Finding reliable information on the virus’s toll has proven such a challenging task that it is nearly impossible to answer these basic questions, five data journalists from around the world told CPJ in May and June. In…

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Journalists in Hong Kong fear for personal safety as China pushes national security law through

A new survey conducted by the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) and released June 19 showed that an overwhelming majority of journalists in Hong Kong worry about their personal safety if the new national security law is enacted. The legislation, approved by the National People’s Congress in Beijing, would criminalize any act of secession, subversion,…

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China’s COVID-19 countermeasures include restricting press freedom

In the nearly 71 years of Communist Party rule in China, the country’s citizens have enjoyed brief periods of relatively free speech, as during the abortive Hundred Flowers Campaign in 1956-57, or the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when investigative journalists covered local corruption and pollution. When the coronavirus outbreak first began spreading in…

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Police officers are seen in Wuhan, China, on May 6, 2020. Journalist Zhang Zhan recently went missing in Wuhan, and is now detained in Shanghai. (AFP)

Journalist Zhang Zhan arrested for covering COVID-19 in Wuhan

Taipei, May 18, 2020 — Chinese authorities must immediately release journalist Zhang Zhan, drop any charges against her, and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus pandemic without fear of arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Riot police hold back members of the press in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. Police attacked and arrested journalists covering that protest. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

Hong Kong police attack and detain journalists covering protests

Taipei, May 11, 2020 — Police in Hong Kong must stop attacking and harassing journalists, and should ensure their safety while covering protests in the city, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police are seen in Hong Kong on April 26, 2020. Police recently arrested two journalists for alleged loitering. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong police arrest 2 reporters for alleged ‘loitering’

On April 28, 2020, Hong Kong police arrested two Next Magazine reporters at Pik Shui Sun Tsuen, in Clear Water Bay, on allegations of loitering, according to news reports.

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