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October 17, 2014

Hong Kong: New cases of censorship and self-censorship

As the Occupy Central movement continues its pro-democracy demonstrations, local and foreign media whose coverage angers the government are suffering consequences. Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily is paying a high price for supporting Occupy Central. Members of a counter-movement have been surrounding the headquarters of the newspaper, which announced its pro-Occupy Central position on October 11. For three days, the paper’s activities have been disrupted, with delivery trucks prevented from... MORE
October 10, 2014

Hong Kong: Deliberate attacks on media by anti-Occupy protesters

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) have condemned the brutal attacks by thugs and anti-Occupy Movement protesters against several journalists in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong on October 3 and 4. On Friday, October 3, a number of anti-Occupy Movement protesters, including the leader of the Anti-Occupy civil group entered the area at the juncture of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Kowloon and Causeway Bay, where a number of... MORE
October 1, 2014

Chinese authorities censor reporting from pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has strongly criticised the internet censorship being employed by Mainland Chinese authorities as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth day in Hong Kong Tuesday and demanded that the media should be allowed to report freely in the wake of a series of attacks on media workers over recent days. Since the start of the protests across Hong Kong on Saturday, September 27, all reports and information of the protests, including images, have been... MORE
September 29, 2014

Hong Kong police use force to block reporting of pro-democracy rallies

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has strongly criticised the abuse of power by Hong Kong Police when they attacked journalists, students and citizens at pro-democracy demonstrations on September 27 and 28 and calls on the Hong Kong authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attacks. More than 10,000 people rallied in support of genuine universal suffrage for the election of the next Chief Executive of Hong Kong in 2017. A number of journalists from outlets... MORE
September 9, 2014

China's tightening grasp on Hong Kong's press freedom

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply worried that Hong Kong’s media managers lack sufficient independence to face ongoing political pressure from China. The issue has reached a critical point with China’s decision to hold the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive using a definition of “universal suffrage” that critics say does not meet international standards. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party decided on August... MORE
August 2, 2014

Hong Kong journalists denounce ousting of senior expat producer

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has warned that the quality of Radio Television Hong Kong’s (RTHK) English language television service has been put at risk by the decision to not renew the contract of its senior executive producer, despite overwhelming support by staff. The move has angered staff and the IFJ has warned the move may also go against existing Hong Kong regulations and has called for his immediate reinstatement. On July 30, RTHK’s English television service... MORE
July 31, 2014

Pro-democracy website closed amid claims of commercial pressure and threats

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned about press freedom in Hong Kong after a pro-democracy news website was suddenly closed, with the co-founder admitting he was “afraid”. The IFJ has said it is another case of the ongoing pressure placed on Hong Kong’s media. The site, House News , was established in 2012 by Tony Tsoi Tung-Ho and three others. On July 26, Tsoi posted a closure notice on the front page of the website. He wrote: “Hong Kong has been changed so... MORE
July 23, 2014

Chinese journalist dismissed after writing on Hong Kong news website

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern at the recent termination of a Chinese journalist from a monthly magazine after he wrote for a Hong Kong website. Song Zhibiao's dismissal marks the first publicized case of its kind following recent directives by the Chinese government that bar journalists from cooperating with foreign news agencies, according to The New York Times. On Friday, Song was dismissed from China Fortune , a monthly magazine owned by Guangzhou-based Southern... MORE
July 8, 2014

IFJ condemns Ming Pao senior manager for violating editorial independence

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), and the Ming Pao Union in condemning a senior executive of Ming Pao newspaper for deleting, without consultation, key words from headlines about the July 1 rally for democracy. According to a statement by the Ming Pao Union, the editorial director of Ming Pao, Lui Ka-Ming, bypassed procedures for getting approval from the executive editor-in-chief and the assistant to the... MORE
July 2, 2014

IFJ reminds Hong Kong Police to use their powers to protect press freedom

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association are concerned about reports that the Hong Kong Police are preparing to arrest journalists at the annual July 1 street rally organised by the Civil Human Rights Front. Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily reported on June 29 that leaked information says police will act if the media is “obstructing police in exercising their duties or ignoring their advice”. At an informal gathering with media... MORE