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Hong Kong's call for 'fake news' law raises media crackdown fears

Press association attacks move as another 'sword over journalists' heads'

Lam Man-chung, executive editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, stands in the newsroom on the day of the newspaper's final edition.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government is considering a law targeting "fake news" that would allow authorities to demand retractions or corrections from news organizations, a move seen as an attempt to further stifle press freedom.

John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration, and the territory's security secretary, Chris Tang Ping-keung, are pushing the effort, citing the mass pro-democracy protests in 2019. Both men insist that unverified information circulated online fueled hatred toward police and divided society during the protests that rocked the city.

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