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Oiwan Lam

a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. my chinese writings are in inmediahk.net and my twitter account is @oiwan.

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What awaits Hong Kong in 2021?

Mass arrests, blocking of websites, end of judicial independence, among other issues, seem to be in store for Hong Kong this year.

Mass arrests in Hong Kong of participants in the pro-democracy camp's July 2020 primaries

A number of pro-democracy organizations and media outlets also received court orders directing them to hand in documents related to police investigations.

Hong Kong pro-establishment camp uneasy about leadership takeover by newcomers

The new Bauhinia Party was established by a group of businessmen with mainland Chinese backgrounds.

2020 round-up: How the tragedy of COVID-19 became a success story for the China model

The year 2020 began with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan. Throughout the year, COVID-19 was the most discussed topic on the Chinese social media.

Is the honeymoon over for Beijing and Hong Kong's Carrie Lam?

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is revolting against Chief Executive Carrie Lam, using the city’s failure to contain the COVID-19 outbreak as the pretext.

China’s imposition of electricity restrictions this winter gets a chilly reception

Winter has come, yet many regions in southern China including Hunan, Zhejiang and Jiangxi have recently issued notifications on the limited supply of electricity.

Internet artist behind satirical Australia war crimes image hailed as a hero on Chinese social media

The satirical image of an Australian soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan child was shared by China’s Foreign Ministry's spokesman on Twitter, causing a row between the two countries.

Hong Kong suppresses political dissent by freezing bank accounts

Pro-democracy activists believe that the banking system is being weaponized by the national security police to crack down on activists and pro-democracy NGOs.

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam sentenced to jail

Joshua Wong tweeted: "We’re now joining the battle in prison along with many brave protestors, less visible yet essential in the fight for democracy and freedom for Hong Kong."

Journalists at Hong Kong TV station resign en masse after 40 colleagues fired

The cable broadcaster, one of Hong Kong's largest, cited financial reasons. Newsroom staff claim the decision was politically motivated.

Controversy over Thanksgiving celebration in a Chinese university highlights a growing culture of political snitching

A dormitory supervisor at Harbin Institute of Technology wanted to give out chocolate treats to students on Thanksgiving Day. A student threatened to report her to the school's authorities.

Hong Kong pro-democracy trio defiant in face of upcoming jail sentence

The trio, all former members of the now-disbanded political party Demosisto, faces a number of different charges.

Beijing's misgivings with tech billionaire Jack Ma, as seen by Chinese social media

Many Chinese netizens are wondering how political was the decision to halt Ant Group's IPO, and have dig through the internet to find clues.

Hong Kong’s opposition resigns en masse following unprecedented Beijing ruling

The new directive allows the Hong Kong government to unseat elected lawmakers deemed unpatriotic.

Hong Kong police to launch hotline for public to report violations of the national security law

The new development indicates that the NSL will likely not target "a small number" of individuals, as Carrie Lam once promised, but surveil Hong Kong residents on a massive scale.

Outrage in Hong Kong after top university appoints two mainland Chinese scholars as vice-presidents

Both men hold positions at Beijing's Tsinghua University -- and cached pages of Tsinghua's websites shows that one of them was elected to the CCP committee of his department.

K-Pop band BTS targeted by Chinese netizens over Korean War comments

BTS leader Kim Nam-joon paid tribute to the U.S. and South Korea in the 70th anniversary of the war. Chinese netizens say he should have acknowledged Chinese deaths too.

New evidence indicates Hong Kong police helped China arrest 12 activists fleeing for Taiwan

On August 23, the activists fled Hong Kong by speedboat for Taiwan, where would seek asylum, but were intercepted by the Chinese coast guard and are now detained in Shenzen.

On China's National Day, scripted interview with ‘patriotic’ Hong Kong citizen draws online mockery

Beijing attempted to present a pro-China protester as a grassroots Hong Kong citizen.

Ignored by the Pope, Hong Kong cardinal leaves Rome vowing to protest appointment of Beijing-blessed bishop

As the Holy See normalizes relationships with Beijing, a battle over the appointment of a new Hong Kong bishop ensues.

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