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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

12 March 2018

Prominent Chinese Feminist Social Media Account Shuttered on International Women’s Day


"...[T]he Chinese government does not understand feminism, does not understand what feminists are doing, and does not understand what they are advocating."

19 February 2018

Chinese State TV Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Lunar New Year Sketch Featuring Blackface

"My first Chinese New Year watching the annual CCTV spring gala and they trot out a Chinese lady in blackface...with a pet "monkey" (played by a man from Cote D'Ivoire)..."

1 February 2018

Hong Kong Legislative Candidate's Disqualification Is Criticized as ‘Anti-Human Rights’

"...the Decision has used political opinion or affiliation as a ground to deprive her of the right to stand for election – which is unreasonable, unlawful and unconstitutional."

5 January 2018

Under Pressure From Cyberspace Administration, China's Top News App Will Hire 2,000 More Content Reviewers


Last week, the country’s top internet regulator accused the news app of spreading pornographic content.

7 November 2017

Insulting the National Anthem Is Set to Become Illegal in Hong Kong

"People will follow out of fear, but not out of respect. The anthem law can't force people to respect."

10 October 2017

Hong Kong Anti-Communist Magazines Cease Publication After Four Decades


"I wanted to write something but found myself speechless. In an era like this, what can I say?"

1 September 2017

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon


"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."

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


"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


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


"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


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


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

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