FCC Statement on Edward Snowden

10 June 2013

Explaining his decision to come to Hong Kong, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden noted to the Guardian that the autonomous Chinese territory "has a strong tradition of free speech". The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong, believes that this case is potentially a strong test of the SAR government's commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Snowden’s exact whereabouts are unknown. But should it prove that he has remained in Hong Kong, the FCC will watch closely how the SAR government handles his case, and in particular how it responds to any pressure from authorities both in Washington and Beijing to restrict his activities or to impede access by the media.

Date: 
Monday, June 10, 2013