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A bad year for free press in Asia

The exclusion of BBC World Service from Hong Kong marks another blow to factual reporting

For those concerned about press freedom in Asia, September has been a particularly bad month in what was already shaping up as a bad year.

The month began with a shock for Hong Kong residents accustomed to their daily dose of the BBC World Service news. They awoke to find that the familiar dulcet tones of the London-based broadcaster, which had dispensed the world's news with dispassionate objectivity, 24 hours a day, for nearly 40 years on the local Radio Television Hong Kong radio station, had disappeared.

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