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Protesters march for press freedom in Hong Kong

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:26 PM
Protesters sit outside the office of Hong Kong's Chief Executive during a demonstration demanding for freedom of speech and press freedom in Hong Kong on Feb 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Protesters took to Hong Kong streets on Sunday to march for press freedom, in a demonstration organised by journalists as fears grow that free expression is being compromised.

Organisers estimated 6,000 participated in the march - though police said the figure was 1,600 - many wore blue ribbons as a symbol advocating free expression in the media.

There have been mounting concerns that China seeks to tighten control over the semi-autonomous region - and rein in the press.

"Headlines have been edited, interviews were barred, and columnists were fired. Some see these as commercial decisions or even labour disputes. But we have to see this from the context of tightening control on media in Hong Kong," Shirley Yam, vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, told AFP at the rally.

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