白宫

简报室

2021 年 6 月 24 日•声明和发布

对于香港和世界各地的媒体自由来说,这是悲伤的一天。北京加强镇压的程度已达到香港急需的独立新闻堡垒《苹果日报》现已停止出版的程度。通过逮捕、威胁和强制通过惩罚言论自由的国家安全法,北京坚持利用权力压制独立媒体并压制不同意见。

独立媒体在恢复活力和繁荣的社会中发挥着宝贵的作用。记者是说真话的人,他们让领导人负责并保持信息自由流动——这在香港和世界各地民主受到威胁的地方比以往任何时候都更需要。北京必须停止针对独立媒体的打压,并释放被拘留的记者和媒体高管。新闻业的行为不是犯罪。

香港人有新闻自由的权利。相反,北京否认基本自由并攻击香港的自治和民主制度和程序,不符合其国际义务。美国不会动摇我们对香港人民和所有捍卫人人应得的基本自由的人的支持。

White House

BRIEFING ROOM

Statement by President Joe Biden on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily

JUNE 24, 2021•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

It is a sad day for media freedom in Hong Kong and around the world. Intensifying repression by Beijing has reached such a level that Apple Daily, a much-needed bastion of independent journalism in Hong Kong, has now ceased publishing. Through arrests, threats, and forcing through a National Security Law that penalizes free speech, Beijing has insisted on wielding its power to suppress independent media and silence dissenting views.

Independent media play an invaluable role in resilient and prosperous societies. Journalists are truth-tellers who hold leaders accountable and keep information flowing freely—and that is needed now more than ever in Hong Kong, and in places around the world where democracy is under threat. Beijing must stop targeting the independent press and release the journalists and media executives that have been detained. The act of journalism is not a crime.

People in Hong Kong have the right to freedom of the press. Instead, Beijing is denying basic liberties and assaulting Hong Kong’s autonomy and democratic institutions and processes, inconsistent with its international obligations. The United States will not waver in our support of people in Hong Kong and all those who stand up for the basic freedoms all people deserve.