Another independent Hong Kong site halts production out of fear for 'safety and well-being' of staff

安全门失火导致死亡 2017 安全门失火导致死亡. 然而, 在星期天, 安全门失火导致死亡, 正式 宣布 in a lengthy statement that it would cease publication starting Jan. 4.

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Delivery workers flying Chinese national flags ride around in a convoy to promote their services in Shule county in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on March 20, 2021.

Delivery workers flying Chinese national flags ride around in a convoy to promote their services in Shule county in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

We announced with a heavy heart that CitizenNews will cease operation starting from January 4, 2022 (星期二). Our website will stop updates and shut down later,” 声明读.

This statement arrived days after another pro-democracy site Stand News was forcibly closed after seven current and former employees and contributors were jailed for allegedly conspiring to publishseditious materialsand encouraging hatred toward the government. This came after the Chinese Communist Party enacted a National Security Law in June 2020 which was aimed to deter protests.

This news appeared to influence CitizenNewsdecision as the statement described concerns for thesafety and well-beingof everyone in the organization.

Police detain protesters after a protest in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, 星期三, 七月. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. Hong Kong police said on Facebook they had arrested over 30 people on various charges, from unlawful assembly to the violation of a national security law on the first day of the law. (美联社照片 / Kin Cheung)

Police detain protesters after a protest in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, 星期三, 七月. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. Hong Kong police said on Facebook they had arrested over 30 people on various charges, from unlawful assembly to the violation of a national security law on the first day of the law. (美联社照片 / Kin Cheung) (美联社)

We all love this place, 深. 遗憾的是, what was ahead of us is not just pouring rains or blowing winds, but hurricanes and tsunamis,” Citizen News wrote. “We have never forgotten our original intent. 可悲的是, we can no longer strive to turn our beliefs into reality without fear because of the sea change in the society over the past two years and the deteriorating media environment. At the centre [原文如此] of a brewing storm, we found ourself [原文如此] in a critical situation. In the face of a crisis, we must ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who are on board.

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In addition to arresting the members of Stand News, two former editors of the site were 带电 with sedition and denied bail.

University students clean the "Pillar of Shame" 雕像, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong Tuesday, 六月 4, 2019. A monument at a Hong Kong university that commemorated the 1989 Tiananmen massacre was boarded up by workers late Wednesday, 十二月. 22, 2021, prompting fears over the future of the monument as the city's authorities crack down on dissent.

University students clean thePillar of Shame” 雕像, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong Tuesday, 六月 4, 2019. A monument at a Hong Kong university that commemorated the 1989 Tiananmen massacre was boarded up by workers late Wednesday, 十二月. 22, 2021, prompting fears over the future of the monument as the city’s authorities crack down on dissent. (美联社照片 / Kin Cheung, 文件)

Hong Kong has faced increasingly harsh crackdowns on its independence and freedoms as a result of China’s controversial National Security Law 传入 2020. Various other dissenting organizations were shut down along with monuments commemorating the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

福克斯新闻’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this report.

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