onsdag 21. april 2021

Hong Kong Falls Victim to 'Censorship Virus': Press Freedom Group

Hong Kong was ranked in 80th place in a global press freedom index on Tuesday, with the Paris-based media watchdog citing "totalitarian control of information" from the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. Releasing the 2021 Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said the past year had seen examples of authoritarian regimes using the COVID-19 pandemic to "perfect their methods of totalitarian control of information."

"The censorship virus -- at which China is the world’s undisputed specialist -- gradually took hold in much of the region," RSF said. "This began in the semi-autonomous 'special administrative region' of Hong Kong (80th), where Beijing can now interfere directly under the national security law it imposed in June 2020, and which poses a grave threat to journalism," the group said. Chris Yeung, chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), said press freedom has deteriorated in the city since Beijing imposed the national security law there from July 1, 2020. Hong Kong was ranked 73rd on the list in 2019.