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Rep. Steel Stands With People of Hong Kong and Fight for Democracy, US Calls for Release of Media Employees

Rep. Steel Stands With People of Hong Kong and Fight for Democracy, US Calls for Release of Media Employees

Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) recently called out the Chinese Communist Party, and called for US action against injustices. Steel was recently appointed to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, dedicated to helping Congress monitor human rights and the rule of law developments in China.

“The Chinese Communist Party is a threat to our national security and an impediment to democracy,” Steel tweeted. “The US must take a strong stand against this encroachment against Hong Kong. We must also begin reshoring our pharmaceuticals and rare earth minerals.”

Steel’s appointment is on the heels of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calling on Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to release staff members of the pro-democracy media outlet Stand News. They were arrested after a police raid that shut down the publication.

“We call on PRC and Hong Kong authorities to cease targeting Hong Kong’s free and independent media and to immediately release those journalists and media executives who have been unjustly detained and charged,” Blinken said in a statement, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

Silencing independent media, PRC and local authorities undermine Hong Kong’s credibility and viability,” he said.

Independent media is struggling to survive in Hong Kong as the Chinese Communist Party tightens its pro-democracy voices. Once among the freest in Asia, Hong Kong’s media environment is growing gradually more similar to that of mainland China.

Stand News, set up in 2014 as a non-profit organization, was the most prominent remaining pro-democracy publication in Hong Kong after a national security investigation this year led to the closure of jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai’s Apple Daily tabloid.

Journalists in Hong Kong continue to face severe penalties for speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party, whose crackdowns on dissent and criticism worsen.

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