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New York Times to move part of its Hong Kong office to Seoul Updated: 2020-07-16 12:12:18 KST


The New York Times has decided to move part of its Asian office from Hong Kong to Seoul.
This comes after the implementation of Hong Kong's new national security law, which even allows the punishing of foreigners that make any anti-Chinese comments.
The New York Times said it will move its digital team of journalists -- a third of its workers -- to the South Korean capital over the next year.
Asia-Pacific correspondents, and its printing and marketing team will stay in Hong Kong.
Seoul beat the other candidate cities Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore because the South Korean capital is seen as friendly to foreign companies, has an independent press, and plays a big role in the Asian market.
Many global media firms have a branch in Hong Kong as it's close to mainland China and 'had' a free press.
CNN and Bloomberg have decided to stay in Hong Kong at this time, but other foreign media outlets might leave Hong Kong.

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"I think that the New York Times' arrangements for its staff or operations are their own business. We won't make any comments on the internal plans of a foreign media outlet."

This comes as President Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order and signed legislation to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong.

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"I also signed an executive order ending U.S. preferential treatment for Hong Kong. Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies."

The U.S. has also placed sanctions on Chinese officials over the Hong Kong Security Law.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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