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Foreign Ministry spokesperson: Foreign media's legitimate rights and interests in Hong Kong are fully protected
The number of foreign employees working with foreign media outlets in Hong Kong is on the rise
  ·  2021-11-06  ·   Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In response to a question from Bloomberg on a report by Foreign Correspondents' Club Hong Kong, saying nearly half of their members are considering leaving, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said statistics show the number of foreign employees working with foreign media outlets in Hong Kong is on the rise. His remarks follow:

I want to point out first that the legitimate rights and interests of foreign media and journalists in Hong Kong are fully protected as long as they abide by laws and produce reporting in accordance with laws and regulations.

With regard to what you mentioned, I would like to share some numbers with you. As of April 2021, there are 628 foreign employees holding work visas working with foreign media outlets in Hong Kong, which is an increase of 98 people or 18.5 percent year-on-year. These numbers don't lie. They are a faithful reflection of the views on and perception of Hong Kong's socioeconomic and reporting environment of people from all walks of life including the press sector.

During the past year, Bloomberg, the agency you work with, added 55 foreign employees alone. That speaks volumes. I would like to stress that since the promulgation and implementation of the Hong Kong national security law, Hong Kong people's rights and freedoms have received better protection, and Hong Kong citizens, international investors and people working in various sectors have all witnessed a brand new Hong Kong and become more confident in its future.


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