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China's media crackdown in Hong Kong is beyond comprehension

The public's right to know is under attack as clock ticks on Apple Daily

Copies of Apple Daily on display at a newsstand in Hong Kong. The paper could cease operations in days unless its assets are unfrozen.   © Reuters

Hong Kong is on the verge of losing its freedom of speech and freedom of the press. 

Under the "one country, two systems" framework, the territory long served as a bridge between authoritarian China and the world, channeling valuable information between the two sides. But the sweeping national security law unilaterally imposed on Hong Kong last June has completely redrawn the landscape and threatens citizens' right to know.

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