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Hong Kong Journalists Call for Withdrawal of Planned Privacy Law

Journalist groups in Hong Kong called on the government to withdraw proposed law changes that would make examining the backgrounds of company directors more difficult amid concern the changes will stifle press freedom.

“This is unquestionably a retrogressive development in the free flow of information,” the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement on its website yesterday. “The main objective of the current public inspection arrangement is to ensure that the interests of minority shareholders are protected, that is, the general interests of the public.”