During the 1989 democracy movement, members of the Chinese press joined marches, flying banners with slogans such as “We want to tell the truth. Don't force us to spread disinformation.” During army operations to clear protesters on June 4, Chinese people protected Hong Kong students and reporters with their bodies and lives, hoping that they could escape to reveal the truth to the rest of the world. Hong Kong people became a channel for conveying messages and exposing the truth.
Today, the Hong Kong media has reached a critical turning point; at stake is the survival of the free press. During the anti-extradition movement, the police insulted and attacked journalists covering the protests. Since the enactment of Hong Kong National Security Law in June 2020, the freedom of the press has eroded rapidly. The police raided the Next Digital building, headquarters of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper. The public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong has been “harmonised” and its new director cancels programs at will, while Choy Yuk-ling, producer of the award-winning program “Hong Kong Connection” was convicted of “making false statements” in her investigative work for a program that shone a critical light on policing. But rather than “just getting used to it”, we should insist on living in truth.
On 22 May 1989, journalists of the People's Daily ignored the martial law and took to the streets.
On 4 May 1989, the Beijing press participated in the procession for freedom of the press.
On 28 May 1989, the leftist media in Hong Kong also took to the streets and supported the Beijing democratic movement.
On 29 September 2019, an Indonesian female reporter was injured in the right eye by riot police causing permanent blindness during news coverage in Wan Chai.
On 22 April 2021, Choy Yuk-ling, producer of Hong Kong Connection appeared in court for verdict on charges.
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- 引言 Introduction
- 遊行集會 Marches and Rallies
- 民主雕像 The Democracy Statue
- 「六四」重演 June 4 Repeats
- 民運領袖 The Democracy Movement Leaders
- 家屬苦撐 Family Members' Struggle
- 傳媒寒冬 Media Under Assault
- 人心不死 People Do Not Forget
- 時間軸 Timeline
- 人物 Survivors and the Dead
- 「六四」屠殺死難者遇難地點 Locations of Deaths in the June 4 Massacre
- 文物展示 Museum Collections
- 燭光集會統計 Statistics of June 4 Candlelight Vigils
- 支聯會會徽介紹 About HK Alliance’s logo
- 民運詩歌 Poems