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Hong Kong’s press freedom index sinks to all-time low amid security law

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The Hong Kong Press Freedom Index, compiled from data gathered from local journalists, has hit a record low, the annual poll showed. Close to 99 per cent of respondents said the Beijing-enacted national security law harmed the city’s free press.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) released its yearly survey on Monday, coinciding with the UN’s World Press Freedom Day. The project interviewed 367 journalists and 1,023 local residents separately. The journalists surveyed gave 32.1 points out of 100 for press freedom – an all-time low since the questionnaire was introduced in 2013.

Chris Yeung. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

The public, on the other hand, gave 42.6 points – a slight improvement from last year’s record low – 41.9 points. But it was not statically significant, said Karie Pang of the Hong Kong Public Opinion Institute (PORI), which conducted the public survey in March.

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