Journalists from Hong Kong and Taiwan have long enjoyed a reputation for being among the most aggressive in Asia, but concerns have been mounting that pressure from a bolder and more influential Beijing has eroded press freedoms and led to an increase in self-censorship in both places. In a lengthy report posted to the website of the Committee to Protect Journalist, a press freedom activist group, reviewed a series of developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan that suggest efforts to influence media coverage in China’s favor. The developments include violent threats against employees of the vocal Apple Daily newspaper and lower advertising revenues for newspapers in Taiwan seen as backing formal independence for the island. The Committee to Protect Journalists predicted tensions over press freedom would continue to mount in the run-up to the 2017 elections, for which Beijing has ruled out open nominations.

(Wall Street Journal, BBC NEWS, South China Morning Post, February 13, 2014)