Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Erosion of press freedom

Hong Kong saw many cases of violence against the media, mainly by the police and pro-Beijing criminal gangs, during the pro-democracy demonstrations in the summer and autumn of 2019. The territory is supposed to enjoy separate status as a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China until 2047, but press freedom is already in retreat as a result of pressure from Beijing. The most notable recent incident was the expulsion of Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet in October 2018. As vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCCHK), Mallet had chaired an event that wasn’t to Beijing’s liking. The Chinese Communist Party’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong controls – partly or entirely – several media outlets in the territory including two daily newspapers, Tao Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po. Nonetheless, there is resistance. It is being led by a handful of independent online media such as Stand News, Citizen News, The Initium, Hong Kong Free Press and inMedia. They exist thanks to participative funding and their audience is growing.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



73 in 2019

Global score


29.65 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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