Wednesday, November 25, 2015   

Mainland press freedom getting worse
(01-28 17:17)

The International Federation of Journalists says press freedom in the mainland continued to deteriorate last year -- with the authorities adopting more repressive measures reminiscent of the Mao era four decades ago.
These included direct censorship, internet surveillance, abuse of the legal process, intimidation and televised confessions of journalists and bloggers without trial, RTHK reports.
But Federation's Asia-Pacific Project Manager Serenade Woo said there were some minor signs of progress on the mainland with the courts using Weibo, or microblogs, to broadcast excerpts from several high profile criminal trials.
In Hong Kong, she said, reporters and photographers had suffered verbal and physical abuse while working. Several media outlets and their owners had suffered attacks and received death threats.
Law enforcement bodies had also forced the media to surrender journalistic materials. Ms Woo said the situation is expected to get worse this year.   
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