Hong Kong must abandon extradition bill that threatens journalists

first_img News May 22, 2019 Hong Kong must abandon extradition bill that threatens journalists ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersPredators News June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en By July, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) could amend its extradition law, making it legal to hand over residents or visitors accused of a crime in China. The news has generated extreme concern in the Hong Kong media community, considering that more than 65 journalists are currently jailed in China in life-threatening conditions. While on paper the bill would exclude political and economic crimes as well as cases where human rights are at risk, many fear that the Hong Kong authorities would not have the ability to reject Beijing’s requests.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Legislative Council members to reject the proposed amendments that would bring undue pressure on journalists. “The Chinese regime has shown on multiple occasions that it needs no solid grounds to punish critical voices,” says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “If such a regulation was adopted, Beijing would no longer have to resort to abduction, and would simply be able to seize whoever they wish to silence under a false accusation.”Swedish Publisher Gui Minhai, owner of Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong, was abducted in Thailand in 2015 for an alleged hit and run in China but remains detained under accusation of “illegally providing state secrets and intelligence overseas.” Another Hong Kong-based publisher, Yiu Man-tin, also known as Yao Wentian, who prepared to publish a book critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was sentenced to ten years in 2014 for “smuggling prohibited items”.The proposal comes in the months approaching the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover back to China on July 1st, 1997. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, the Special Administrative Region is supposed to enjoy a separate status until 2047 but, over the years, China has made concerted efforts to tighten its grip around the media.Hong Kong’s ranking has plummeted from 18 in 2002 to 73 this year, while China ranks 177 out of 180 in the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Index. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Newscenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Hong Kong Legislative Council members to reject extradition bill that would allow Beijing to legally prey on residents and visitors, including journalists and their sources. News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersPredators June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go furtherlast_img

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