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HONG KONG: Pro Democracy Website Citizen News To Close

Hong Kong’s independent news website, Citizen News has announced it will close on Tuesday, the latest in a series of pro-democracy news outlets which have closed in recent months

It cited a “deteriorating media environment” as the reason.

The move comes after last week’s police raid on Stand News, where several were arrested on sedition charges

Observers say new laws put in place by China have created a climate of fear stifling free speech.

In its Facebook post late on Sunday, the outlet thanked readers for their support, before announcing “with a heavy heart” that it would cease operations from 4 January to “ensure the safety and well-being of everyone

Citizen News, established in 2017, is one of the last few Chinese-language pro-democracy publications in Hong Kong.


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