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Hong Kong journalists warn of 'one country, two nightmares'

Mak Yin-ting, a former chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, edited the group's most recent annual report warning about ideological spillover from Beijing. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- The principle of "one country, two systems," agreed to by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher to guarantee the special status of Hong Kong even after the return of sovereignty to China, is losing its luster in the eyes of many residents of the former British colony. The view seems especially prevalent in the realm of freedom of expression and the press.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association sounded another alarm on July 3 in the latest issue of its annual report, which was titled "One Country, Two Nightmares -- Hong Kong media caught in ideological battleground." Although the one country, two systems framework has been deteriorating over almost two decades since the handover, the local reporters organization is especially wary of "spillover to Hong Kong of Chinese ideological control," as witnessed in the disappearance of five local booksellers who sold publications banned on the mainland. Mak Yin-ting, a former chairwoman of the association and the editor of the annual report, spoke with the Nikkei Asian Review about the severity of the situation.

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