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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

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".

All I want for Christmas is a free Hong Kong: How activists used festive cards to get the word out

People volunteered to translate holiday greetings into different languages and write letter templates for people of different backgrounds.

Battle-scarred: The lasting impact of the PolyU campus siege on Hong Kong’s protesters

"As the siege dragged on, reports emerged of the deteriorating mental conditions of the PolyU holdouts – which included erratic behaviour, paranoia, and even self-harm."

‘Suspension won’t silence me’: Teen speaks out after embedding message about Xinjiang Uyghurs in TikTok makeup tutorial

Feroza Aziz used a makeup tutorial as a disguise to criticise China's treatment of Uyghurs on Tiktok.

Hong Kong police violence escalates dramatically: unarmed protesters shot with live rounds

Hong Kong protests escalate into city-wide roadblock and strikes, after allegations of gang rape in a police station and the death of a 22-year-old university student.

The Hong Kong protests are becoming more violent because justice is not being served

"I am not asking you to tolerate violence, I am asking you to understand it."

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...

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.”

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."

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