As ‘Great Firewall’ looms, fears for Hong Kong’s free internet

For decades, Hong Kong’s internet operated outside the reach of China’s vast army of censors, guaranteeing the free flow of information that undergirds the city’s status as a global business hub.

Little by little, that is starting to change, as a small but growing list of websites go dark under a sweeping crackdown on dissent.

The creeping censorship casts uncertainty over the future of the city’s free and open internet, a draw for international businesses that has remained largely untrammelled by a Beijing-imposed national security law (NSL) used to wipe out practically all political opposition and silence critical media and civil society.

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