Michael Yon, an independent war correspondent who had covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been actively reporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong since 2019. On Feb 5, 2020, Yon was, however, deported by the Hong Kong authorities for reasons unknown.
Yon wrote on Facebook:
“Hong Kong: Am being denied entry and deported. No solid reason. Being held by immigration. Sending me to Thailand. I will then head to Taiwan. Which also is not China. US Embassy is alerted. Thank you for all! FIGHT FOR FREEDOM! STAND WITH HONG KONG!”
[Editor’s note: In 2018, the Hong Kong authorities refused the visa renewal of Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist. In 2019, Indonesian citizen journalist Yuli Riswati was deported by the Hong Kong authorities. The erosion of press freedom is worrying.]
Source: Michael Yon’s Facebook