Hong Kong democracy and media freedom has ‘entered endgame’

After a year of crackdowns, arrests and forced closures of outlets, the International Federation for Journalists called on governments to offer support and pathways for Hong Kong journalists seeking to flee the city and find refuge to keep working.

In a report on the ongoing threats to the press in Hong Kong, titled Lights Out, it noted “a clear and documented exodus and closure of both local and international media outlets, journalists and media workers that once earned Hong Kong a reputation as a bastion for media excellence in the Asia region”.

About 20 media workers, executives and defenders have been arrested or detained since the implementation of the national security law in June 2020.