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Hong Kong tanks to 148th in press freedom as Beijing tightens grip

Sharp drop reflects shuttering of Apple Daily, Stand News and other outlets

Stand News acting chief editor Patrick Lam was arrested last year on allegations of "conspiracy to publish seditious publication."   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong tumbled to 148th place from 80th in this year's World Press Freedom Index by a global media watchdog, after Beijing's crackdown shuttered multiple independent outlets in the territory. 

The drop was the steepest in the ranking released Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders. The organization cited the forced shutdown of the publisher of the Apple Daily and Stand News, both of which had been critical of the Communist Party in Beijing. Another independent news website, Citizen News, ended operations early this year.

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