Lay-Offs at Hong Kong TV Station Stoke New Concerns Over Media Freedom

December 1, 2020 Updated: December 1, 2020

HONG KONG—A Hong Kong television station said on Tuesday about 100 staff were affected by a shake-up as it seeks to remain competitive in a challenging economic environment, a move that has reignited worries over media freedom in China’s freest city.

i-Cable TV news journalists leave
i-Cable TV news journalists leave with their boxes after being laid off in Hong Kong, on Dec.1, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
i-Cable TV news journalist
i-Cable TV news journalist talks to the media after being laid off in Hong Kong on Dec.1, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Local media said 40 workers had been laid off from i-Cable, including the entire team from the station’s award-winning investigative section, News Lancet.