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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

Organiser of Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy demonstrations faces police probe

Many see the police's allegations as a sign of a further crackdown on civic groups.

How resisting the security law clampdown brought out Hongkongers’ creativity

Hong Kong Free Press takes a look at how Hongkongers are continuing to make their voices heard.

Beijing official signals changes to Hong Kong's electoral system

Xia said the power to govern the semi-autonomous region must "lie in the hands of patriots."

Interview: Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker says education has become a scapegoat for the protests

Ip Kin-yuen, who is the vice-president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, told HKFP that while the situation is very grim, he is still hopeful that 2021 could bring...

Stop playing politics or face a ban, Nintendo warns Animal Crossing gamers

Nintendo's newest hit is being used as a platform for political expression, and the Japanese video game giant is having none of it.

How Hong Kong authorities are gradually taking over public broadcaster RTHK

The city's public broadcaster faces tremendous political pressure from all directions: censorship, internal investigations, warnings from regulators and, recently, a producer was arrested in connection with her reporting.

Some Hongkongers despair as US President Donald Trump's election hopes fade

Pro-Trump Hongkongers accused pro-democracy activists of licking the US Democratic Party's boots, even as they were urged to respect the choice of the American people and stop spreading disinformation.

From Belarus to Thailand, Hong Kong’s spirit of resistance is nurturing grassroots protests elsewhere

While Hong Kong protests have influenced organisational and protest tactics in anti-authoritarian movements abroad, the current wave of grassroots uprisings, in turn, prompts Hongkongers to develop a transnational solidarity.

Press freedom impeded in Hong Kong as police limits definition of recognized media representatives

If approved, a new scheme limiting the definition of officially recognized media will deliver a serious blow to freelance journalists and student reporters.

Beijing’s security law keeps transforming Hong Kong

A summary of key developments in August, two months after the new legislation that criminalises subversion, secession, foreign interference and inference with transportation and other infrastructure, came into effect.

A city shackled: How Beijing’s security law transformed Hong Kong in one short month

In just one month, Hong Kong sees the criminalization of speech, political purges of dissidents, the suspension of upcoming elections and vanishing press freedoms.

Four student activists arrested in Hong Kong for ‘inciting secession’ because of related social media posts

Hong Kong's newly established national security police united has arrested four youngsters aged between 16 and 21 on suspicion of inciting secession in their social media posts.

Hongkongers ignore crackdown to vote for change-seeking youth in pro-democracy primaries

"In light of all the events that happened over the past year, we should cherish this opportunity, as our liberty is stifled."

Beijing stages crackdowns on Hong Kong’s opposition amid COVID-19 pandemic

Over a span of just five days, the city saw its legislature, judiciary, legal system and civil society come under threat.

The most critical lesson we've learned from the COVID-19 outbreak is the importance of free speech

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there is pressure in Hong Kong to silence discussion of the disease and punish doctors who are raising the alarm about its origins.

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Study suggests that China could have prevented 95% of its coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 66 per cent if the measures were taken a week earlier, the study suggested, or by 86 per cent if action began two...

7 reasons Hongkongers are angry about the government response to the coronavirus

The spread of the virus has caused panic around the city, with residents stockpiling surgical masks and food.

Taiwan presidential election: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected with record-breaking votes

Tsai said: 'I want to once again call upon Beijing authorities to remind them that peace, clarity, democracy and dialogue are key to positive cross-strait interactions and long-term development.'

Beijing’s new top man in Hong Kong says he hopes city will return to ‘the right track’

The new director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong reiterated Chinese President Xi Jinping's expressed desire for "a harmonious and stable environment".

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