Conservative diplomatic critic Michael Chung accused the Hong Kong Epoch Times of attacking the printing press on April 12 and called on Ottawa to oppose the Chinese administration’s crackdown on press freedom.
“this isTuck follows the BBC’s ban on Beijing from broadcasting in China and the expulsion of dozens of foreign journalists from mainland China, “Chung said in a statement.
“Chinese Communist Party leadership continues to violate Hong Kong’s international law by violating the terms of the 1984 Joint Declaration, which guarantees freedom of the press and freedom of speech,” he said. Mentioned an agreement between Beijing and the United Kingdom. For the return of Hong Kong to China from British rule in 1997.
The Epoch Times printing facility in Hong Kong was attacked by four masked men on April 12. They broke the equipment with a hammer and spread the construction debris out of the bag. Due to the resulting damage, the Hong Kong version was temporarily closed.
Chung, who frankly criticizes the Chinese administration’s suppression of human rights, was recently sanctioned by Beijing along with a parliamentary subcommittee on international human rights and two US officials. Mr. Chung sponsored a motion proclaiming a Chinese administration’s campaign against Uighurs and was unanimously approved by the House of Commons in February.
In his statement on the attack on the Epoch Times, Chung said:There are concerns about the oppression of independent media outlets in China.
“Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to confront and speak to Beijing’s crackdown and free press in Hong Kong,” he said.
The US State Department also condemned the attack and urged authorities to investigate the matter.
“The United States is concerned about increased efforts to silence independent media and curb freedom of expression, such as politically motivated targeting of journalists,” said a U.S. Department of State spokesperson. ..
The attack has been blamed by many other lawmakers and media outlets around the world.
“The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Hong Kong has strongly condemned the attack on the printing press of the Epoch Times and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice promptly,” the group said. statement..
The Epoch Times Hong Kong office was the target of another attack in 2019. At that time, four masked men dressed in black and wielding batons entered the print shop and set fire to the equipment.