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Hong Kong falls behind in press freedom

Hong Kong has fallen far behind in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom ranking. The special administrative region lost more ranks than any other country and is now ranked 148 out of 180. In 2021, Hong Kong was still ranked 80. The reason for the sharp fall is Beijing’s National Security Law and the massive crackdown on media professionals. “It is the biggest downfall of the year, but it is fully deserved due to the consistent attacks on freedom of the press and the slow disappearance of the rule of law in Hong Kong,” Cedric Alviani, head of RSF’s Taiwan-based East Asia bureau, told AFP. The organization publishes the index every year on Press Freedom Day.

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