In June, China’s State Council Information Office released a white paper asserting “complete jurisdiction” over Hong Kong, and suggesting that a “basic political requirement” for the city’s judiciary was a “love for China.” Since then, pro-Beijing and pro-democracy camps have been staging protest rallies and circulating petitions.
Amid competing views of Hong Kong democracy, the HK Journalists Association has declared 2014 the “darkest for press freedom for several decades.” Last month, pro-democracy website House News shut down due to a combination of political pressure and low advertising revenue. Kevin Lau was let go as editor of the Ming Pao newspaper in January, then attacked by knife-wielding motorcycle hitmen in February. And yesterday, the home of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was raided by anti-corruption officers, as was the home of HK Labour Party chairman and pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan.
Photo of the Day: Untitled by sojouner º (taken in Luoyang, Henan)