Organized resistance to Beijing’s meddling
As Hong Kong has become polarized between “pro-Beijing” and “pro-democracy” factions, its media have experienced growing interference by the Chinese authorities. Even if the violence against journalists has almost stopped, they are finding it increasingly difficult to cover subjects involving governance in either Hong Kong and mainland China. When the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba bought the South China Morning Post in late 2015, Hong Kong residents realized they would have to fight to preserve the press freedom to which they are accustomed. The resistance is being led by a handful of independent online media such as Citizen News, The Initium, Hong Kong Free Press and inMedia. After years of fighting, these new online outlets finally obtained official recognition by the authorities last year.
73 in 2017
29.46 in 2017