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



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.


It’s finally here… Obi Wan Kenobi drops on Disney+



Disney has wrapped up its big Star Wars Conference…. as fans get set for the highly anticipated ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ spin-off.

The film sees Ewan McGregor step into the famous character.

It takes fans back 10 years after “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat.

McGregor says it was a slow process of getting back into character but assures fans there’s plenty to look forward to.

The series will also see the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader.

The mini-series drops on Disney Plus today. Here’s a sneak peak…

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Kevin Spacey facing sex offences trial in the UK



Kevin Spacey is staring down the barrel of a sex offences trial after Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against the actor.

Police allege the offences occurred between March 2005 and April 2013, with four of the incidents in London and one outside the city.

They involve three men, one who is now in his 40s and two who are in their 30s.

The CPS has authorised criminal charges against the 62-year-old Oscar winner for four counts of sexual assault.

There is also one charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

This all follows a review of evidence which previously gathered by the U-K’s Met Police.

Spacey has largely dropped out of the spotlight since first being accused of sexual misconduct five years ago.

He was written out of the Netflix series “House of Cards” and removed from the movie “All the Money in the World” after the accusations came to light.

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WATCH – Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez grills Amber Heard for ‘lying on the stand’



Testimonies in the Depp and Heard defamation trial have come to a dramatic end

Heard was called back to the witness stand on Thursday to testify as a rebuttal witness for her counterclaim against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

The cross-examination got heated as Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez questioned Heard for the second time.

The actress is visibly frustrated under cross-examination and turns to the jury to give each answer but stand her ground.

The Aquaman star also denies leaking footage of Depp smashing kitchen cabinets to TMZ.

Appearing vexed, Heard fires back at Depp’s attorney, telling her to look at the metadata on a photo when asked about the date of it.

Depp’s lawyer told Heard that “your lies have been exposed to the world”.

On the stand, Heard got emotional as she testified that Depp “promised” he would ruin the actress and says she receives hundreds of death threats daily.

She told the court not only does she get harassed daily, but is also very upset that she receives threats directed at her baby too.

Heard is firm that she wrote the Washington Post op-ed because Depp is a powerful man, saying that people would come out of the woodwork to support him.

This follows Depp’s rebuttal for his defamation claim on Wednesday.

The actor described the experience of listening to his ex-wife’s testimony in the trial as “insane”.

He flat out denies Heard’s allegations of abuse.

The actress reiterates that she did not fake her abuse allegations.

Heard’s witnesses on Thursday included a forensic expert, and a clinical psychologist who diagnosed Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Both sides rest their cases ahead of closing arguments on Friday, followed by jury deliberations.

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