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On the 20th Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced the 2021 Global Press Freedom Index. Hong Kong ranks 80th among 180 regions and countries in the world, no difference from last year. The report stated that the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” implemented last year posed a threat to Hong Kong journalists. It mentioned that the founder of Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was arrested and Radio Television Hong Kong was suppressed by the authorities.

According to past records, Hong Kong’s rank in press freedom index has been on a downfall trend since 2013, from 58 in 2013 to 80 last year (2020). This year’s ranking maintains 80th.

RSF pointed out that the “National Security Law” implemented last year seriously threatened the freedom of the press and journalists in Hong Kong. The report mentions that Jimmy Lai, the founder of Apple Daily and the winner of the RSF Press Freedom Award, has been arrested for violating the “National Security Act” and may face life imprisonment; Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is being fully suppressed by the government to restrict its editorial independence.

However, RSF said that there are still many independent media in Hong Kong, such as “Hong Kong Citizen News”, “Stand News”, ” Initium Media”, “Hong Kong Free Press” and “Inmediahk.net”. These media are funded by public fundraising or participatory funds. RSF described these media as the remaining resistance forces in Hong Kong, and their audiences are still increasing.

China ranked 177th in the Global Press Freedom Index this year, the 4th from the bottom. RSF pointed out that the extend of “Internet censorship, surveillance, and political propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party have continued to deteriorate to unprecedented levels”. It is one of the countries with the worst press freedom in the world. The report described the CCP as a “censorship expert”. By using new technology, it has threaten press freedom severely. It has established a set of social model based on controlling news and information, also monitoring citizens’ online activities, and thus has strengthened its control over the Chinese media. RSF also pointed out that the CCP is trying to use its influence to export this oppressive control model and package it as a “new world media order.”

Comment: CCP has been notorious for its press control and propaganda. It claims that it has full self-confidence in four aspects (Road self-confidence, theoretical self-confidence, system self-confidence and cultural self-confidence), but ironically, it never dares to face public reports and criticism. Propaganda is the best way of this evil regime to fool and rule its people.

Source: Epoch Times