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Hong Kong Baptist University cancels World Press Photo exhibition citing ‘safety and security’ concerns

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Baptist University has cancelled a press photography exhibition which included images of the Hong Kong protests, two days before it was expected to launch next Monday.

The exhibition showcased “the best visual journalism” of the past year and included prize-winning images of the local pro-democracy demonstrations. It was set to be held from next Monday until March 21 at the the university’s Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery.

Students cross a road to school after participating in a human-chain rally, in Hong Kong, on 12 September 2019. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri, World Press Photo.

“After giving due consideration to campus safety and security, and the need to maintain pandemic control, Hong Kong Baptist University considers that it is not an appropriate time to hold the ‘World Press Photo Exhibition 2020’ on its campus,” an emailed statement from the university obtained by HKFP read. “The exhibits originally planned to be showcased in the exhibition are accessible online for public viewing.”

Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.

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