Hong Kong's Citizen News to shut down

Stand News, a prominent pro-democracy news site, closed last week after 200 police officers raided its newsroom, froze its assets and arrested seven people on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material.

Citizen News said on Sunday it will cease operations from Tuesday, describing the media environment in the Chinese-ruled city as "deteriorating," and citing the need to ensure the safety of its staff.

"The decision was made within a short period of time. The trigger point was the fate of Stand News," Chris Yeung, chief writer at Citizen News and former president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, told reporters.

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