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Macao Refused to Let Some Hong Kong and Foreign Reporters Enter

Popular Hong Kong online new media HK01 Network recently reported that the government of Macao refused the entry of multiple members of the press from Hong Kong and other countries. December 20 was the 20th Anniversary of Macau’s Return and Chinese President Xi Jinping was attending the ceremony. The media organizations banned include Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK, an HK government owned, top and official broadcasting organization of Hong Kong), Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CRHK, one of the only two commercial radio broadcasting companies in Hong Kong), the South China Morning Post (the most popular English newspaper in Hong Kong), Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB, Hong Kong’s largest TV broadcaster), Apple Daily and NowTV. The Macao government had issued official press passes to all of the reporters from these media companies. Nevertheless,  these reporters were blocked from entering, including those from the Radio and Television of Portugal, (although permitted later after diplomatic intervention). The Macao authorities refused applications from all online media companies. The Hong Kong Journalists Association issued a public statement calling on the Mainland government and the Macao government to respect freedom of the press. The statement also asked the Hong Kong government to work with the Macao border control to allow free passage for reporters with legal Macao permits.

Source: HK01, December 18, 2019