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Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong Free Press is an English language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrived amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.

Latest posts by Hong Kong Free Press

9 October 2019

US gaming company Blizzard bans Hong Kong e-sport player from tournament for shouting pro-democracy slogan

The e-sport player will be removed from the tournament without receiving any prize money and banned from Hearthstone contests until 2020. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns about 5% of Blizzard’s...

4 October 2019

NGOs slam Hong Kong's enacting of emergency law banning masks at protests as draconian

Last invoked in 1967, the Emergency Regulations Ordinance is a colonial-era law that gives the chief executive unlimited power in the event of an “emergency or public danger.”

22 September 2019

Broken bones, internal bleeding: Hong Kong police used ‘reckless, indiscriminate’ tactics during protests, says Amnesty

"...police officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been restrained. The use of force was clearly excessive, violating international human rights law."

2 September 2019

Hong Kong’s unauthorized protests end with riot police storming subway stations with batons and pepper spray

Violent clashes erupted across Hong Kong after tens of thousands defying police ban and joined the “unauthorized” weekend rally 31 August.

10 August 2019

How the frontline anti-extradition protesters’ toolkit has evolved over Hong Kong’s long summer

Hong Kong pro-establishment politicians believe that the anti-extradition protests is under foreign influence as protesters hit the streets in “full gear,” donning black clothes, goggles, gas masks, helmets, and etc.

2 August 2019

‘I am a Hongkonger’: Artist Ai Weiwei on why he supports the city’s protest movement

'Freedom of expression is the most important weapon to combat authoritarianism. Authoritarians simply have no imagination, and without that, they have no future.'

8 July 2019

What happened after anti-extradition protesters broke into Hong Kong legislature?

The decision to break in the legislature was the culmination of a month-long escalation of protests against the extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government.

29 June 2019

‘Stand with Hong Kong': Appeal to G20 leaders on extradition law crisis appears in major international newspapers

Proposed legal amendments would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China's judicial system. Protesters are appealing to G20 leaders for support.

22 June 2019

Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters paralyze government and police operations

Among the demands made by Hong Kong's anti-extradition protesters is an independent investigation of police brutality in relation to the clashes on June 12.

19 June 2019

Hong Kong press watchdog calls for investigation into police abuse against 26 journalists during protests

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"Journalist watchdog recorded 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas bombs at close range towards reporters, 3 of whom were hit on the head."

4 June 2019

How Beijing uses intimidation to censor the Tiananmen Massacre outside of China

"Beijing's intimidation does have an impact on shaping the stories [journalists] tell and the ways that they tell it.”

26 May 2019

China arrests filmmaker for retweeting an image of a liquor bottle referencing Tiananmen Massacre

The bottle label carries the image of "Tank Man" with the description "Never forget, never give up".

24 May 2019

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: The troubled history of the Goddess of Democracy

The Goddess of Democracy stood for five days in the Tiananmen Square in 1989 before the bloody massacre of June 4.

23 May 2019

Inflatable Tank Man sculpture appears in Taiwan ahead of Tiananmen Massacre anniversary

"I think it is important to the Taiwanese people to continue discussing this topic – preventing people from forgetting this event"

17 May 2019

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: An interview with survivor Zhou Fengsuo

"It is becoming more and more difficult to demand responsibility for June 4th. Do you still have any hope?"

2 April 2019

Hong Kong rallies against amendment allowing extradition of ‘fugitives’ to China

The amendment would have dire implications for not just Hong Kong residents, but also foreign nationals who work and travel in the city.

26 March 2019

China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to democracies, says media watchdog

“If democracies do not resist, ‘Chinese-style’ propaganda will gradually invade the world’s media, competing with journalism as we know it.”

11 March 2019

Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services

"We are treated as foreigners, low-class workers and therefore the government has been pushing for policies and practices that exclude and isolate migrant workers from the whole Hong Kong population."

8 March 2019

How an Uyghur activist felt the long arm of the Chinese Communist party, in Canada

Chinese student organizations decried activist's talk on the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in Xinjiang as separatism “promoting ethnic hatred” and demanded McMaster university administrator to protect Chinese dignity.

6 March 2019

‘We've got two sessions': China promotes communist party meetings with English-language rap video

In China's latest party propaganda video, lyrics like “Gotta be the Ready One Player when in front of dirty polluter" are puzzling netizens.