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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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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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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Hong Kong police arrested at least 14 pro-democracy lawmakers and activists on Saturday on charges of joining unlawful protests last year calling for reforms. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police arrest Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai

Taipei, April 18, 2020–The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Hong Kong authorities to drop all charges against Jimmy Lai, founder and chair of Next Digital, following his arrest this afternoon alongside other pro-democracy advocates on suspicion of participating in an illegal assembly. Lai’s media properties, including the Apple Daily, have actively and sympathetically covered…

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The office of Radio Television Hong Kong is seen in Hong Kong on January 23, 2007. The city's government recently criticized the broadcaster over a question a reporter asked about Taiwan's status in the World Health Organziation. (Reuters/Paul Yeung)

Hong Kong government reprimands RTHK broadcaster over question about Taiwan

Taipei, April 3, 2020 — The Hong Kong government should let Radio Television Hong Kong report freely and without official harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang speaks during the daily press briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. China's Foreign Ministry recently announced it would take action to expel more than a dozen U.S. journalists. (AFP/Greg Baker)

China expels at least 13 US journalists in retaliatory move

Taipei, March 18, 2020 — Chinese authorities should immediately suspend efforts to expel American journalists, cease retaliatory measures against U.S. media operations, and resolve differences with the United States through negotiations rather than attacks on the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen in Beijing on December 13, 2019. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that U.S. journalists at three major outlets would have their press credentials cancelled. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020 — In response to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs notice that it will revoke the press credentials of U.S. citizens working as journalists for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post whose visas expire by the end of the year, the Committee to Protect…

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A police officer is seen at a vigil to mourn a student’s death in Hong Kong on March 8, 2020. Police have arrested and attacked journalists covering the vigils. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong police attack and detain journalists covering protester vigils

On February 9, 2020, police officers arrested two journalists in Tseung Kwan O New Town, in eastern Hong Kong, while they were covering a vigil for Chow Tsz-lok, a university student who died in November 2019, according to news reports.

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Jimmy Lai, founder of Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper, leaves a police station in Hong Kong on February 28, 2020 after being held over his participation in a pro-democracy protest. Lai's independent media house has been harassed for its pro-democracy stance. (The Initium Media via AP/Lam Chun Tung)

Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy media founder Jimmy Lai over illegal assembly

Taipei, February 28, 2020–Authorities in Hong Kong should drop legal charges against Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Media, and stop harassing journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A man is seen in Hong Kong International Airport on February 7, 2020. Immigration officials recently barred journalist Michael Yon from entering the city. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

US journalist Michael Yon barred from entering Hong Kong

On February 5, 2020, immigration authorities at Hong Kong International Airport barred journalist Michael Yon from entering the city, according to news reports and Yon, who spoke to CPJ by telephone from Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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