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FILE - Chris Yeung, founder and chief writer of Citizen News waves to journalists after a news conference outside his office in Hong Kong, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the recent closure of two media outlets in the city cannot be associated with the state of press freedom in Hong Kong as the decisions were made by the outlets themselves. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong leader dismisses press freedom criticisms

Hong Kong is seeing the extinction of its longstanding freedom of press, but the region’s leader, Carrie Lam, is dismissing worries. While speaking Tuesday, regional Chief Executive Lam said she rejects the idea of so-called “Western media” suggesting that free press is dying in the territory.