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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

13 August 2017

China’s Taobao Faces Storm For Selling Personalised Messages Delivered by African Children

"Disgraceful! Taobao should put an end to these shops and investigate vendors for false advertising and malicious anti-black racism!"

10 July 2017

Nine Responses From the International Community to China’s Treatment of Nobel-Winning Dissident Liu Xiaobo

"They must be able to meet and receive visits from whomever they desire, and be able to freely communicate with the outside world."

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

30 May 2017

Facebook ‘Mistakenly’ Censored Tiananmen Massacre Tribute

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.

25 May 2017

‘We Can Finally Get Married!': Taiwan to Become First Asian Country to Recognise Gay Marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court ordered the legislature to either amend the Civil Code or introduce new provisions to recognise same-sex marriage within two years.

27 April 2017

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Global Voices Advocacy

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

16 April 2017

Kids Envision Hong Kong's Future: Underwater Housing, Pollution, Space Journey and Integrity

The theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.”

29 March 2017

Hong Kongers Say Beijing and Police ‘Incited’ the 2014 Pro-Democracy Movement, Not Protest Leaders

"I am one of the Occupy protesters and I was incited by the police’s decision to fire 87 rounds of tear gas [at demonstrators]."

27 March 2017

Beijing's Favorite Carrie Lam Becomes Hong Kong's First Woman Leader With 777 Votes

She promised to "heal the divide" in her victory speech, but her win was met with protests by pro-democracy activists.

23 March 2017

Hong Kong Residents Are Trolling China's New ‘Diplomacy’ Page on Facebook

When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.

2 March 2017

Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.

8 February 2017

Deprived of Voting Rights, What Do Hong Kongers Think of the Chief Executive Race?

"It is about choosing puppets, because no matter who takes office, they will obey Beijing."

4 February 2017

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

Global Voices Advocacy

Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

24 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

15 January 2017

Catchy Singlish Songs Urge Hong Kong to Return Military Hardware to Singapore

"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"

6 January 2017

Survey Finds Young Social Media Users in Hong Kong Tend to Distrust the Government

The survey also found that despite young people’s frequent online activity, most of them seldom participated in offline political events.

2 January 2017

Foreign NGOs in China Face Uncertainty as Broad New Law Comes Into Effect

"One of the really negative effects of the law...is that whole sectors of the NGO community…suddenly feel that they are being treated as subversives or enemies..."

1 December 2016

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

Global Voices Advocacy

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

18 November 2016

Despite Suppression, Founder of Prize-winning Chinese Citizen Journalism Website Remains Optimistic

Global Voices Advocacy

This post was written by Catherine Lai and originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on November 12, 2016. The version below is published on Global Voices under a partnership...

7 November 2016

Just a Game? The New Culture of Virtual Red Packets in China's WeChat

"For instance, for reporters in mainland China, they go to press conferences, the conference organisers will usually give out red packets… to the reporters."

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