Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Monday, May 20, 2024

HK slips in global democracy, freedom ranks

Hong Kong saw its ranking slip three spots on two separate global charts for democracy and freedom, landing 88th in a democracy ranking - behind Libya and Ukraine - and 34th in a freedom index.
The Economist's democracy index said Hong Kong's civil service has suffered loss of manpower due to worsened political conditions and shrinking freedoms, while the national security law has hindered the formation of unions.

The Fraser Institutes' freedom index, which determines personal and economic freedom, ranked Hong Kong at 34th globally out of 165 jurisdictions based on: 2020 figures, the most recent year, and the year that Beijing passed the Hong Kong national security law.

The degree of freedom is based on 83 distinct indicators, which shows Hong Kong's "most pronounced declines" were in the aspects of rule of law, freedom of expression and assembly.

Hong Kong ranked 78th in freedom of expression and 140th in freedom of association and assembly.

The institute attributed the plunge in freedom from third place in 2010, down to 34th in 2020 to Beijing's "escalating violations of Hong Kong's traditional liberties."

Regarding personal freedom, Hong Kong scored 4.1 on a 10-point scale down from 4.9 in 2019, while rule of law dropped from 6.7 to 6.2 compared to the previous year.

US funded non-profit Freedom House rated Hong Kong's press freedom at 5 out of 10. "Given ongoing attacks on freedom in Hong Kong, we will be surprised if future reports do not show a continuing and pronounced degradation in the territory's ratings, including a noticeable decline in economic freedom," the institute said.

The SAR government spokesman dismissed the freedom index, saying it "incorrectly described" Hong Kong's situation, pointing to its top ranking in economic freedom.

The spokesman said that the national security law stipulates that human rights should be respected and protected, while safeguarding national security, and that the government will continue to "protect the rights and freedoms of the public".

Separately, the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Hong Kong at 88th place in its 2022 democracy index.

Hong Kong received an overall score of 5.28 out of 10, with a rating of 3.29 for government and 2.75 for electoral process.

The quality of its civil service was also undermined by an exodus of experienced staff in 2022 amid diminishing freedom.

Hong Kong's score declined way below its peak in 2015 of 6.50, the unit said. "These setbacks come on top of the erosion of media and academic freedoms that has occurred in recent years."

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.