China’s plan to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could have serious implications for civil liberties and press freedom, rights groups say.
“Journalists had already been tiptoeing around controversial topics, such as Hong Kong independence," he said.
Human Rights Watch described the law as “the most severe blow to the rights of people in Hong Kong since the territory’s transfer to China in 1997.”
China has previously used anti-state accusations to retaliate against critical journalists, CPJ data show.
“It sometimes is complicated for journalists to report on sensitive stories,” he said last month, citing issues including Taiwan, protests in Hong Kong and the Uighurs as areas that Beijing is particularly sensitive to.