With a grand total of 113 journalists currently in prison for press-related activities, the Chinese Communist Party has imprisoned over three times the combined total of all other nations on the map—that’s including neighboring communist Vietnam and Laos. Bringing population into light, China’s journalist imprisonment rate is 7.853⁻⁸ with East and Southeast Asia having a combined journalist imprisonment rate of 4.124⁻⁸.
“This is the end of Hong Kong,” declared Hong Kong legislator Dennis Kwok in a press conference last Thursday.
The current state of political affairs in Hong Kong has never been darker. Beijing’s efforts to bypass Hong Kong’s independent legislature in passing a national security law would effectively end the principle of 1 country 2 systems that has enabled Hong Kong’s unique status and abilities. The proposal will make its way through China’s National People’s Congress—a rubber-stamp legislative body that meets to discuss policy serving the Communist party.