Hong Kong Denies Entry to Reporters Without Borders’ Representative in Latest Blow to Press Freedoms


Reporters Without Borders said on April 10 that one of its representatives was denied entry into Hong Kong, calling it a “new decline” in the city’s press freedoms.

According to the group, its Taipei-based staffer Aleksandra Bielakowska was stopped at the Hong Kong airport by immigration officers earlier in the day. She was detained, questioned, and had her belongings searched three times before she was denied entry to Hong Kong, said the group, also known by its French acronym RSF.

A major crackdown on dissent is underway in Hong Kong since the massive anti-government protests in 2019. After Beijing imposed a new national security law on the city, dozens of pro-democracy activists have been arrested and charged. Also, electoral laws have been overhauled to ensure that only “patriots” loyal to Beijing can run for office.

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