Popular Hong Kong radio and television host Tsang Chi-ho (曾志豪) has fled to Taiwan amid the ongoing crackdown on freedom of speech and of the press in the former British colony.

On July 11, Tsang published a post on his Facebook page announcing that he had moved to Taiwan.

“Hi everyone, I have arrived in Taiwan,” he wrote. “I am very sorry. I have not been able to say goodbye to everyone properly. I opened my eyes and realized that Hong Kong is no longer what it used to be. There are many friends who care about me, and I made you worry. In my heart there are countless unspoken words. A new road lies ahead, and I’ll have to move forward.”

The 43-year-old Tsang was the host of the Crazy and Happy radio show as well as the satirical show Headliner on Hong Kong’s public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

Headliner, which began airing in 1989 and was the city’s oldest satirical show, was axed in May just hours after the Communications Authority issued RTHK with a warning over an episode of the show that allegedly “denigrated and insulted” the police.

RTHK abruptly sacked Tsang in June amid a sweeping crackdown on voices critical of the government.

Since the Chinese Communist Party-controlled rubber-stamp legislature in Beijing passed the National Security Law (NSL) in June 2020, Hong Kong’s freedoms and civil liberties have been under relentless assault.

According to a recent survey, 21% of Hong Kongers, or around 1.5 million people, plan to leave the city. Around 100,000 people have already left Hong Kong since the NSL was enacted in June last year.

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