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Third Pro-Democracy News Outlet to Close in Hong Kong During Security Law Fears

  • Raises concern freedoms in former British colony are declining
  • Patriots legislature result of election stage-managed by China
A statement on Citizen News’s website on Jan. 3, 2022.

A statement on Citizen News’s website on Jan. 3, 2022.

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A third Hong Kong news outlet announced it would shut as the city installed a legislature vetted for loyalty to the Communist Party, in a stark illustration of Beijing’s success in silencing the local opposition. 

The milestones unfolded in dramatic split screen as Citizen News briefed reporters on its decision to close at midnight at the same time as dozens of pro-establishment lawmakers were sworn-in one by one in front of the red and gold Chinese national flag. It’s the third independent publication to close in six months as national security police probe journalists in the former British colony, which once enjoyed one of Asia’s freest media environments.