Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong media tycoon and owner of Apple Daily (a popular pro-democracy publisher), has been cleared of criminal intimidation charges, which offers a glimmer of hope that Hong Kong’s judicial system is still operating independently.

He still, however, faces charges for suspicion of colluding with foreign forces in the wake of the new national security law.

Read more in The Guardian here.

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Press freedom in the age of COVID-19

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