21 Countries Demand China End Attack on Press Freedom in Hong Kong

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The United States and 20 other countries issued a joint statement on July 10, expressing concern about the current and future outlook of press freedom in Hong Kong. The group of 21 governments—part of the “Media Freedom Coalition” that was established in 2019 to advocate for press freedom and the safety of journalists—pointed to the recent forced closure of Apple Daily, a major pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, and the arrest of the paper’s staff. “The use of the National Security Law to suppress journalism is a serious and negative step which undermines Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong, as provided for in the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” the statement read. Freedoms in the financial hub have been in disappearing at an alarming rate after the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) imposition of its draconian national …

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