Citizen News, an online news outlet based in Hong Kong, will stop operations following the Chinese Communist Party-backed administration’s crackdown on dissent, deteriorating press freedom in the territory.
Citizen News announced its decision of termination on Facebook on Sunday, Jan. 2, several days after police raided and arrested some people for sedition at a separate pro-democracy news outlet, Associated Press reported.
The news outlet added that it will stop updating its site on Jan. 4, and it would be shuttered after that.
“We all love this place, deeply. Regrettably, what was ahead of us is not just pouring rains or blowing winds, but hurricanes and tsunamis,” Citizen News wrote in the Facebook post.
“We have never forgotten our original intent. Sadly, we can no longer strive to turn our beliefs into reality without fear because of the sea change in the society over the past two years and the deteriorating media environment,” added the statement.
Several days earlier, Hong Kong authorities raided the online site ‘Stand News’ and arrested seven people for allegedly conspiring to publish seditious material, forcing the news outlet to announce a closure.
Citizen News becomes Hong Kong’s third news outlet to shut down in recent months, following Stand News and pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily.
Hong Kong administration has moved to silence dissent after the CCP adopted a national security law following massive pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city in 2019.
The United States and other Western governments have condemned the CCP for diminishing press and civil freedoms that China promised to uphold for 50 years following Hong Kong’s 1997 handover from Britain.