12 August 2021 @ 09:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
A crackdown on democratic freedoms in Hong Kong has been gathering pace and the erosion of press freedom, threats to journalists, and protestors in the territory has been a particular focus of international and domestic concern.
Hong Kong is now ranked 80th of 180 countries by the World Press Freedom Index, which is significantly down from a ranking of 18th in 2002, when the Index was first published.
The climate for press freedom has further deteriorated following the introduction of a new National Security Law in June 2020. In practice, the Law has been used to target journalists who have offended the Hong Kong and Chinese governments.
This talk comes soon after the forced shuttering of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, which was forced to close in June after its assets were frozen by authorities. The paper’s owner, Jimmy Lai, was arrested in August 2020 on grounds of collusion with foreign powers. The clampdown on Apple Daily has further heightened the fears of local journalists and foreign correspondents reporting in Hong Kong, throwing concerns about press freedom in the territory back into the spotlight.
The crackdown in Hong Kong has also caused ripples of concerns across the region, with Taiwan in particular, concerned about Chinese overreach and the apparent lack of action by Western nations.
Reporters Without Borders and the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong invite you to join this timely discussion.
Mark Clifford is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Next Digital Ltd. He was previously the Executive Director of the Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council from 2007 to 2021, an organisation of prominent business leaders in Asia working to promote growth in the region. He has also previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Standard, and Asia Regional Editor for BusinessWeek.
Cédric Alviani, currently serves as East Asia Bureau Director for press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Cédric has worked in Asia since 1999, mainly based in Taiwan, and has directed projects at the intersection of diplomacy, culture and media. Reporters Without Borders, established in 1985, is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation defending journalism and freedom of information.
Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist covering local, regional politics and diplomacy. He was previously Editorial Director at Hong Kong Free Press. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Public Radio International, Die Zeit, Apple Daily, Hong Kong Economic Times and others.
William Yang is the President of the Taiwan Foreign Correspondent's Club and a correspondent for Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle based in Taiwan.
12 August 2021
09:00 - 10:00 EDT
14:00 - 13:00 UK
21:00 - 22:00 Taiwan
Reporters Without Borders
The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong
Mark Clifford, Cédric Alviani, Kris Cheng