Hong Kong online publication Citizen News announces closure amidst media crackdown

Citizen News, a Hong Kong online publication, announced it will stop posting updates from January 4, 2022, and would shut down operations thereafter. 

Citizen News said its decision to shut operations was due to the closure of another pro-democracy news outlet, Stand News. 

“The decision was made within a short period of time. The trigger point was the fate of Stand News,” the publication’s chief writer Chris Yeung told reporters. “We could not rule out that […] we might be exposed to some risks.” 

Prominent pro-democracy site Stand News closed operations last week after 200 police officers raided its newsroom and froze its assets.

Seven people were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. Two former editors were later formally charged with sedition.