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Al Jazeera 27 Sep 2020

Hong Kong journalists warn of new threat to media freedom

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Journalists in Hong Kong are warning of a new threat to media freedom.
Police have announced a new definition of what constitutes recognised media.
The change follows China's leaders imposing the controversial and widely condemned security law three months ago.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports from Hong Kong.


Prosecutors say they are pursuing leads across the country to find those involved in the Capitol insurrection. Capitol Police are warning members of Congress of new, violent threats as officials step up security ahead of the inauguration.
Hong Kong supporters of President Donald Trump are changing their Twitter avatars to show support President Trump and protest the censoring of his Twitter Account.
Hong-Kong'ers are connecting with the president saying they have been the victims of violations and suppressions of their right to free speech by the Chinese Communist Party.
Twitter permanently suspended the Presidents account on Saturday after the protests on the Capitol.
Twitter said that the President's Tweets violate Twitter's policy against the glorification of violence.
One Twitter user told the local media,
"I think [Twitter's banning of Trump] is not acceptable," adding
"Why has the company not banned other accounts also appearing to spread fake news or incite violence?"

The Global Times called out Big Tech Companies in the U.S. for allowing Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong to continue to use their platforms, while suspending the presidents platform for what they call ‘a lesser offence'
"The Hong Kong rioters who were actively inciting violence far outnumbered the U.S. protesters, and lasted longer, why didn't they ban them? Those platforms will lose their moral high ground of advertising freedom of speech forever," said a user of China's Weibo microblogging platform quoted approvingly by the Global Times — which forgot to mention that Weibo exists because China's authoritarian regime bans Twitter for everyone except Communist officials, who freely use the platform to disseminate propaganda and disinformation in the outside world.
Families of 10 Hong Kong activists who are on trial in Shenzhen,China say the accused have pleaded guilty to illegally crossing the Chinese maritime border after they tried to flee Hong Kong by speedboat.


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Hong Kong's top court has revoked bail for media tycoon Jimmy Lai.
The high-profile pro-democracy activist is facing charges under new security laws imposed by Beijing.
He was released on bail last week.
But prosecutors argued he should be returned to prison.

Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown joins us live from Hong Kong for the latest updates.

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