HK’s National Security Law used to stifle freedom of press and speech, says EU

Local | 23 Jun 2021 7:11 pm

The European Union said today that the closure of Apple Daily clearly shows how the National Security Law imposed by Beijing is being used to stifle freedom of the press and the free expression of opinions in Hong Kong.

“It’s [Apple Daily] closing seriously undermines media freedom and pluralism, which are essential for any open and free society,” EU spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Nabila Massrali said in a statement.

It said the erosion of press freedom is also counter to Hong Kong’s aspirations as an international business hub.

“The European Union recalls that these freedoms are enshrined in the Basic Law, and that China made international commitments under the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 to respect Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms, including freedom of the press,” the statement read.

The EU stressed that all rights enshrined in the Basic Law under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle should be fully protected and restored.

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