Governments have come together on one thing – “freedom of speech.” Isn’t that rich? The Department of State was involved in the joint statement, but it’s not going to go anywhere, neither should it.
When governments make statements about the actions of other countries, they have to look at the optics in their own country and make sure that they’re acting accordingly toward their citizens. It is a case of governmental hypocrisy toward Hong Kong, China, and their media suppression. According to the statement, the Chinese government conducted a “raid of Stand News headquarters, arrests of its staff, and the subsequent self-closure of Citizen News due to concerns about the safety of its staff.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe had his apartment raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations over a diary that supposedly belonged to Ashley Biden. If the Department of State wants to talk about suppressing speech, they need to first look at their agencies.
The statement started with, “The undersigned Media Freedom Coalition members express their serious concern about the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese authorities’ attacks on press freedom and persecution of independent local media in Hong Kong.”
What did the Department of State suppose China would gain from reading this? They’ve watched the leftist mainstream media platforms lie to the American people and the rest of the world for the past seven years. The first year was while former President Donald Trump was campaigning, the following four were when Trump was in office, and the next two were the last two under the COVID-19 pandemic.
The arrests and closing of the media company “have weakened the protected rights and freedoms set out in the Basic Law and undermine China’s duties under the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” according to the statement.
Freedom of the press. That’s the only response needed to that part of the statement.
The statement concluded that it’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that “human rights and fundamental freedoms are protected.” Still, the letter is a feeble attempt to scrutinize another government after pushing the same tactics that the US government has practiced for years.
It is the type of projection you get with the Biden Administration. No amount of apologizing will make up for the absolute obsession with silencing the right in this country. No amount of pleading will get anyone to forget.
The letter was signed by Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Those countries should evaluate how they’ve treated their people before pushing toward holding China accountable.