Third Independent Media Shuts in Wake of Hong Kong Police’s Arrest and Raid of Another Publication
- January 3, 2022
- / The Epoch Times
- / News
A Hong Kong independent online publication on Jan. 3 said its decision to shut down was triggered by the recent closure of Stand News, adding their journalists no longer feel safe under the vague standards of law enforcement. Citizens News, a digital newsroom founded in 2017 by a group of veteran journalists, made the sudden closure announcement on Sunday, saying it would stop updating its website from midnight of Jan. 4 and close after that. The online news outlet, which had sheltered journalists from now-shuttered pro-democracy Apple Daily, said it could no longer operate amid “rapid changes in society in the past two years and the deterioration of the media environment.” Stand News added the decision was for the need to ensure the safety of its staff. Briefing reporters on Monday, Chris Yeung, chief writer of Citizen News, explained the trigger point was the recent actions against Stand News. On ...