American Journalists Based in Hong Kong

U.S. Department of State

American Journalists Based in Hong Kong

PRESS STATEMENT
MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE

WASHINGTON, DC
MAY 17, 2020

It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong. These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres, and their valuable reporting informs Chinese citizens and the world. Any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law would inevitably impact our assessment of One Country, Two Systems and the status of the territory.