Hong Kong Free Press published its 10,000th article on Tuesday, two-and-a-half years after it launched as the city’s first crowdfunded media outlet.

Not-for-profit, free-of-charge and completely independent, HKFP invested heavily in original reporting in 2017.

We published features on topics such as: pro-LGBT Christians, sex workers, police stop-and-search, the plight of refugeescommunity cinema, public space, compensated dating, homelessnessthe jailed democracy activists, shadow district councils, street harrassment, a Sikh templethe crackdown on dissent, leader CY Leung’s tenure, poverty alleviationa village under threat, exam pressure, filmmakers, ethnic minorities in politics, the rise of Carrie Lam, Buddhist politics, the pet trade and Hong Kong’s pro-Taiwan camp among others.

Over the past year, we have interviewed former governor Chris Patten, Hong Kong National Party founder Andy Chan, lawmaker Eddie Chu, legal scholar Johannes ChanTen Years producer Andrew Choibarrister Philip Dykes, award-winning journalist Lotfullah Najafizada, Hong Kong leadership candidate Woo Kwok-hing, HKU chief Peter MathiesonOccupy activist Ken Tsang, ex-lawmaker Ronny Tong, ousted lawmaker Baggio Leungpro-independence group founder Tony Chung, legal activist Kwok Cheuk-kin, Macau’s ‘lone’ activist Jason Chao, human rights lawyer Michael Vidler and others.

Among other achievements this year, HKFP launched video content, a new Opinion sectiona weekly newsletter, a merchandise store, and a new HKFP Patrons donor programme. We also gained access to government press conferences after a years-long battle, raised HK$510,000 in our 2017 Funding Drivepartnered with Dow Jones Factiva, and moved to a new base at The Hive, Kennedy Town.

HKFP was also cited in dozens of fellow news outlets across the world, and was the first to break dozens of key local stories in English.

Our full Annual Report, Transparency Report and annual fundraising drive will be published in early 2018.

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Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.