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Citizen News closes – Hong Kong’s media freedom under threat

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Freedom within China is gradually diminishing as independent news continues to be silenced

One of the last pro-democracy outlets, Citizen News, is closing after five years due to its concerns about the safety of its staff.

The company blamed the “deteriorating media environment” for their inability to report the truth without fear.

This comes just days after another independent media outlet, Stand News, was accused of sedition and raided by about 200 police.

Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary has backed the police action.

When Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, Beijing promised to maintain media freedom and the city’s way of life.

But the government has been imposing more power over the area since the National Security Law was introduced to the territory in response to mass democracy protests in 2019.

This follows the removal of sculptures and other artwork from university campuses, some memorialising the victims of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

For years, Hong Kong has been the only place in China that has held a mass vigil to mark the 1989 event.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Singing legend Meat Loaf dies

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Legendary singer, Meat Loaf has died aged 74

The American singer was famous for his songs “I’d Do Anything for Love” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the Grammy Winner passed away on Thursday night.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

A post on his official Facebook page read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight”

His wife Deborah was by his side, and his daughters Pearl and Amanda were with him in the hours leading to his death.

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Alec Baldwin hit with massive $25M defamation lawsuit

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Movie star Alec Baldwin is being sued by the family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan

A widow and two sisters of a U.S. Marine officer killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin.

The women are alleging the actor exposed them to a flood of social media hatred by claiming on Instagram that one sister was an “insurrectionist” for attending former President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. rally on January 6 of last year.

According to NBC, the sister by the name of Roice McCollum, protested peacefully and legally.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, she was not among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day and after being interviewed by the FBI, “was never detained, arrested, accused of or charged with any crime”

The lawsuit comes as Baldwin is immersed in an ongoing investigation into the death of a cinematographer and the wounding of a director on the set of the movie, Rust.

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NBC is reporting that last year, Alec Baldwin sent Roice McCollum a $5,000 payment to help the widow of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl Rylee McCollum.

He was among 13 U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing August 26 at the Kabul airport, according to the lawsuit.

On January 3 of this year, the lawsuit claims that the actor privately messaged Roice McCollum on Instagram soon after she posted an almost year-old photo of the Trump rally. The claim states that Baldwin was asking if she was the same woman who’d taken his donation.

The suit says McCollum confirmed she was at the protest and told Baldwin, “Protesting is perfectly legal.”

The suit says Baldwin responded by remarking that “her activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election,” and told McCollum that he’d reposted the photo to his 2.4 million Instagram followers.

After Baldwin shared the photo of the January 6 protest on social media. Roice McCollum got “hundreds upon hundreds of hateful messages,” including one telling her to “get raped and die” and that her brother “got what he deserved,” according to the lawsuit.

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Marvel actor killed in skiing accident

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who is set to appear in Marvel’s forthcoming TV series Moon Knight, has died at the age of 37

He was killed during skiing accident in the Alps when he collided with another person.

He suffered severe brain trauma and was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, where he died the next day. 

Ulliel is one of France’s best-known actors and has appeared in It’s Only the End of the World and Saint Laurent, the biopic of the French fashion designer.

The news of his death came just a day after the trailer for Moon Knight, in which he stars as Midnight Man, was released online.

‘Considerable magnetism’

“French cinema is losing a huge talent, full of charm and energy,” tweeted French finance minister Bruno Le Maire.

Writer and critic Caspar Salmon also paid tribute, describing Ulliel as “an actor of considerable magnetism, talent and beauty, who had already carved out an impressive and varied career”.

He won the best actor Cesar – the French equivalent of an Oscar – in 2017 for his performance opposite Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux in It’s Only the End of the World.

In 2005, he won most promising actor for his performance in the World War One drama A Very Long Engagement, which also starred Audrey Tautou.

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