Hong Kong Security Director Increases Pressure on City’s Major Press

September 15, 2021

Sarah Chen

Hong Kong (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s security director generally told the city’s main press on Wednesday the day after accusing a group of invading schools of who their members were working for and how many were students. I asked you to publish it.

Comments by Security Secretary Chris Tan, after Beijing imposed a drastic national security law on the former British colony last year, are likely to raise concerns about civil society crackdowns at Asian financial hubs.

Tang said in an interview with the Pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao, published Tuesday, that the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has infiltrated the school and is recruiting students as journalists.

HKJA, which responded to Tang, did not specifically mention the infiltration accusation, but said it had 486 members as of Wednesday, 56 of whom were students. It is not clear who the members are working for.

Mr. Tang defended his comment on Wednesday, saying he was communicating “the suspicions that many people in society have” about the press conference.

“I believe it would reveal their name if they publicly disseminate the information,” Tang said in detail about who the HKJA members are working for, the city’s legislative council. I told a reporter outside the meeting.

The media industry has undergone major changes since Beijing imposed security laws last year.

Media mogul Jimmy Lai, a stubborn critic in Beijing, has been imprisoned and awaiting trial for national security charges. The newspaper Apple Daily, which supports his democratization, was closed following a police attack and the arrest of executives, including the editor-in-chief.

Numerous civil groups and opposition parties have disbanded or reduced their activities over the past year, and some of their members have been arrested and imprisoned.

Hong Kong’s largest Professional Teachers’ Union broke up this month after being criticized by the Chinese mass media for the “politicization” of education.

Security legislation imposed after months of violent opposition to democratization punishes Beijing’s so-called destruction, segregation, collusion with foreign troops, and terrorism up to life in prison. ..

The Hong Kong government has repeatedly stated that the law only covers a small group of “troublemakers” and that all law enforcement measures against individuals or groups “have nothing to do with their political position or background.” ..

The once prosperous Hong Kong media sector and vibrant civil society were the hallmarks of a city that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, promising a wide range of freedoms not guaranteed on the mainland.

(Report by Sara Cheng, Written by Anne Marie Roantree, Edited by Robert Birsel)

Hong Kong Security Director Increases Pressure on City’s Major Press

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