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Radio Free Asia Shuts Down Hong Kong Bureau in Response to New Security Legislation

Hong Kong, 31 March 2024 – Reflecting the mounting pressures on press freedom, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has officially closed its Hong Kong bureau. This decision comes on the heels of the enactment of the controversial "Article 23," a national security law that has raised significant concerns over the safety of journalists in the region.

RFA, known for its dedication to broadcasting uncensored news, has long stood as a bastion of independent journalism, delivering critical information in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Despite the shutdown, Bay Fang, President of RFA, remains resolute, emphasizing the organization's commitment to its audience in Hong Kong and mainland China. Fang assures that RFA’s mission will persist, promising the continuation of timely and unrestricted reporting.

“Article 23” looms as a stark reminder of the dwindling space for free journalism, casting a shadow over Hong Kong’s once-vibrant media landscape. RFA's departure signals a distressing epoch for the territory, where the voice of independent media is increasingly stifled by legislative constraints.

While RFA's physical presence in Hong Kong may have dimmed, its resolve to illuminate the truth remains undeterred. The organization vows to keep its listeners informed, bridging the information gap without interruption, even from afar.

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