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June 20, 2014

IFJ condemns Hong Kong Police for using force against media

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), and the Hong Kong Radio Television Programme Staff Union in condemning the Hong Kong Police for abusing their powers and preventing media personnel from carrying out their duties. In the early hours of June 14, a group of protestors were taken away by police after they unsuccessfully stormed the Legislative Council Building. The protestors were trying to stop the council’s... MORE
May 14, 2014

Hong Kong newspaper faces closure before launch

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by reports that a company planning to launch a new newspaper in Hong Kong is considering suspending the venture after a leading figure in the company was detained by Mainland officials. The Chinese-language Hong Kong Morning News was due to issue its first edition on July 1. A source within the paper said the company’s management had told all staff they would be laid off, but their positions would be preserved if the company was... MORE
March 20, 2014

CPJ condemns attack on media executives in Hong Kong

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the March 19 attack on two senior media executives in Hong Kong by four masked men armed with metal bars. The executives work for Hong Kong Media News , which is preparing to launch a Chinese-language newspaper, and have been identified in reports as Lei Iun-han , director and vice-president, and Lam Kin-ming , news controller. The two sought treatment for injuries to their face, arms, and legs, the reports said. "This latest assault further... MORE
February 26, 2014

Former Hong Kong editor in critical condition after attack

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on a journalist in Hong Kong and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough and efficient investigation and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Kevin Lau Chun-to is now in critical condition, according to news reports. Lau was attacked as he got out of his car in a residential neighborhood at around 10:30 a.m., according to news reports. The assailant used a cleaver to slash him three times in his back and leg and then... MORE
July 3, 2011

Hong Kong journalists say freedom under threat

A Hong Kong journalists' group warned Sunday freedom of expression in the city had deteriorated, saying it had become intolerant of dissent as Beijing strengthened its grip on the territory, Agence-France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but retains a semi-autonomous status under the "one country, two systems" model with civil liberties including freedom of speech not enjoyed in mainland China. "There are now growing, and disturbing signs,... MORE