The Chinese National People’s Congress has passed a resolution on the enactment of Hong Kong national security law on May 28. It will be incorporated into Basic Law Annex III and promulgated by the Hong Kong Government. HKJA has conducted a survey between 8 June to 11 June to its 535 full members in an effort to collect their opinions on “Hong Kong national security law”. We received a total of 150 valid questionnaires. Results show that an overwhelming 98% disagree with the enactment of Hong Kong national security law by the National People’s Congress (NPC). Their major concern is the eroding press freedom will be further deteriorated and the media self-censorship will be further increased.
In view of the urgency of the situation, JA sent a submission paper yesterday (17/6) to Li Zhanshu, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress regarding the concern of Hong Kong media industry about the national security law, expressing our opposition to the direct enactment of Hong Kong laws by the NPC, and Hong Kong should make its own legislation to safeguard national security. If the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress insists on the legislation, it should fully consult the Hong Kong people, including the media industry.
Hong Kong Journalists Association
18 June 2020