Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Erosion of press freedom

Beijing’s baleful influence has led to a decline in press freedom in Hong Kong, which is supposed to enjoy separate status as a special administrative region until 2047. 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. More than half of Hong Kong’s media owners, most of whom have major business interests in mainland China, are also members of political bodies on the mainland such as the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. 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 Citizen News, The Initium, Hong Kong Free Press and inMedia. They exist thanks to participative funding and their audience is growing.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



70 in 2018

Global score


29.04 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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