On World Press Freedom Day, HKFP shares updates as we expand our newsroom, and make new investments in video and data journalism.
With our investment in Sony photography gear, we will be handling all multimedia in-house and producing more video this year.
In 2022, HKFP is spending more each month than it receives in income. However, as a non-profit, we are able to make use of previous years’ surplus to continue our expansion whilst we work to return to sustainability.
- In total, 1,065 readers contribute HK$206,680 per month. We saw a fall of 1.3 per cent in the number of monthly Patrons since January 1, from 1,080 to 1,065.
- In February 2022 – the latest month for which figures are available – HKFP saw a total income of HK$321,658.91 – including income from reader contributions, content sales and advertising. We spent HK$357,818.79 in February – mostly on full-time staff (HK$270,400) and freelance fees (HK$15,500) – though our office rent and web hosting costs are rising dramatically this year.
- We expect to see an income of around HK$3.8 million in 2022, and will spend HK$4.3 million – a “loss” of HK$500,000, which will be covered by our reserves.
- Our 2021 accounts have been submitted to our independent auditors. As a non-profit limited by guarantee entity, HKFP is externally audited each year. We expect to report an income last year of HK$4.4 million and spending of HK$3.7 million, leaving us HK$677,273 to be reinvested into HKFP for 2022.
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HKFP has seen a growth in audience across all platforms since January.
Top marks for credibility:
HKFP was reassessed against the NewsGuard initiative’s credibility and transparency criteria in February, scoring top marks. NewsGuard lists green or red credibility scores for over 4,000 news websites, representing 95 per cent of all online news engagement. The initiative is run by journalists and is part of a global fightback against misinformation, unreliable content and fake news.
HKFP received a green rating and a trust score of 100 out of 100.
On World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, Hong Kong plummeted 68 places to 148th in the Reporters Without Borders 2022 Press Freedom Index – the largest fall of any territory. In 2002, the city was ranked 18th.
Since the onset of the security law in 2020 – newsrooms have been raided, editors arrested, outlets have disbanded in fear, all whilst the authorities said press freedom was intact. Read our full timeline here.
With our impartial stance, transparent funding, and balanced coverage guided by an Ethics Code and Corrections Policy, we believe we have staying power, for as long as readers continue to support our work.
HKFP has made common-sense preparations to protect staff and sources, but is nonetheless committed to continuing our on-the-ground award-winning reporting. HKFP will hold the line and press on.
100 per cent independent, governed by an ethics code and not-for-profit, HKFP is #PressingOn with its impartial, award-winning coverage, achieving top marks for credibility. Founded in 2015, we are backed by readers and run by journalists – there is no tycoon, no shareholders and no Chinese conglomerate behind us – no-one edits our editors.