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Hong Kong’s Citizen News says closure triggered by Stand News collapse

HONG KONG, Jan 3 — Hong Kong unbiased on-line publication Citizen News mentioned right now its resolution to close down was triggered by the closure of a pro-democracy media outlet final week following a police raid and 7 arrests.

Stand News, a distinguished pro-democracy information website, closed final week after 200 cops raided its newsroom, froze its property and arrested seven folks on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious materials.

Citizen News mentioned yesterday it would stop operations from Tuesday, describing the media atmosphere within the Chinese-ruled metropolis as “deteriorating,” and citing the necessity to guarantee the protection of its employees.

“The resolution was made inside a brief time frame. The set off level was the destiny of Stand News,” Chris Yeung, chief author at Citizen News and former president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, instructed reporters.

“We couldn’t rule out that … we is likely to be uncovered to some dangers.”

Established in 2017, Citizen News described itself as unbiased, with no occasion affiliation and selling freedom, openness, range and inclusion. It had 40 workers.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise that wide-ranging particular person rights, together with a free press, can be protected. But rights teams and a few Western governments say freedoms have been eroded, specifically since Beijing imposed a nationwide safety legislation on Hong Kong in 2020.

Hong Kong’s authorities denies focusing on the media and curbing freedoms within the world monetary hub. China says rights advocacy is getting used as an try to disrupt Hong Kong’s progress after the safety legislation restored stability.

Stand News was essentially the most distinguished remaining unbiased pro-democracy publication in Hong Kong after a nationwide safety investigation in June 2021 led to the closure of jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai’s Apple Daily newspaper.

Two former senior editors of Stand News have been charged on Thursday with conspiracy to publish sedition supplies and denied bail.

“What modified will not be us, however the exterior atmosphere,” Citizen News Chief Editor Daisy Li instructed reporters. — eNM

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