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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.

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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."

4 November 2016

Chinese Activist Who Wore ‘Xitler’ T-Shirt Goes Missing in Detention

Global Voices Advocacy

"He’s one of a very small number of young Chinese who have been outspoken in criticising the Chinese government on Twitter using their real names."

10 September 2016

Apparently, Being Pro-China in Hong Kong Is No Guarantee Against Political Threats From Beijing

"I don’t know how they knew, including people very close to my family circle, important friends who support me...they read them out one by one, I started to feel afraid."

29 July 2016

A Chinese Communist Party Ad Asks: ‘Who Am I?’ Social Media Responds: ‘Corrupt.’

"I am the one promoted, I am the one who enjoys privileges, I am the one you can never surpass, as you can never overthrow the party."

17 June 2016

Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."

15 June 2016

China’s LGBTQ Community Tells Orlando Shooting Victims: You're Not Alone

"So many friends came and showed their love...I saw everyone cried, I saw everyone’s eyes, don’t cry my dears, let’s be strong and hold each other’s hands."

27 April 2016

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

20 April 2016

New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them

Global Voices Advocacy

Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.

7 March 2016

McDonald's Ad Featuring a Man Coming Out to His Father Goes Viral in Taiwan

Reactions to the ad, in which a father accepts that his son is gay, have been overwhelmingly positive. However, some anti-LGBT groups predictably complained.

27 February 2016

Disenfranchised Hongkongers Flood Their Chief Executive's Facebook Page with New ‘Angry’ Emoji

Hongkongers are making their feelings about the head of their government known, thanks to the launch of Facebook's new "Reactions" feature, which gives them the freedom to express their disapproval.

18 January 2016

Why Do Hong Kongers Call Chief Executive CY Leung ‘689’?

Hint: it's not a nice nickname.

7 January 2016

Street Art Urges Hong Kongers Not to Turn a Blind Eye to Missing Booksellers

“We cannot and should not turn a blind eye to this. Normal daily life is not normal any more.”

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