In January, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the Hong Kong authorities do “not seek to crackdown on press freedom” after newsrooms shuttered, and – in April – she said a press club’s axing of their Human Rights Press Awards was an “isolated” incident.

HKFP rounds up media industry incidents since the onset of the national security law.

Photo: Studio Incendo.

June 2022

May 2022

  • Reporters Without Borders said Hong Kong authorities wielded a draconian new security law to silence critical news outlets and jail journalists in its latest report as the city plummeted down an international press freedom chart.
  • Hong Kong’s sole leadership candidate John Lee compared press freedom to identity cards, and said that “Hong Kong already has press freedom.”
File photo: Lea Mok/HKFP.

April 2022

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

March 2022

February 2022

Consumer Council. Photo: Consumer Council.

January 2022

Citizen News’ China news team. Photo: Citizen News screenshot, via YouTube

December 2021

Stand News acting editor-in-chief Patrick Lam was arrested by national security police on Wednesday. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

November 2021

Sue-Lin Wong. Photo: The Economist.

October 2021

File photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

September 2021

Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association Ronson Chan. video

August 2021

July 2021

Steve Vines on The Pulse. Photo: RTHK screenshot.
Photo: Kenny Huang & Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

June 2021

Dozens of Hong Kong police enter Apple Daily’s headquarters in Tseung Kwan O on June 17, 2021.

May 2021

RTHK’s YouTube Channel. Photo: RTHK Screenshot via YouTube.
Claudia Mo. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

April 2021

Journalist Bao Choy appears in court on April 22, 2021. Photo: Studio Incendo.

March 2021

  • A top Beijing official said the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” extends to the judiciary, the education sector and the media, in addition to public officials.
  • A leading civil servant with no broadcasting experience took over as head of RTHK, where three senior employees quit in the space of two weeks.
  • Hong Kong’s national security police arrested a former top executive of Next Digital, the publisher of Apple Daily, over alleged fraud.
  • RTHK made a last-minute decision to cancel a programme featuring a panel discussion of Beijing’s plans for a drastic election overhaul.
Press freedom in 2021. Photo: RSF.

February 2021

World Press Photo Exhibition in Hong Kong. Photo: World Press Photo Exhibition Hong Kong, via Facebook.

January 2021

  • The Hong Kong government announced a decision to move Covid-19 press briefings online. It backtracked following criticism from a Hong Kong journalism watchdog.
  • Police demanded Apple Daily hand over the information on journalists who searched for public vehicle licence plate records.
  • Police visited the newsrooms of Apple Daily, InMedia and StandNews with search warrants demanding documents relating to the primary election for LegCo in July 2020.
  • The head of RTHK, Leung Ka-wing, advised staff not to interview the 55 democrats arrested under the national security law over their alleged involvement in the primary.
  • Three people convicted of rioting and assaulting a mainland journalist at the airport during anti-government protests in 2019 were jailed for up to 5 1/2 years.
  • Bao Choy pleaded not guilty to making false statements after she obtained vehicle registration information for a film about the 2019 Yuen Long mob attacks.
  • The head of Hong Kong’s largest police union slammed public broadcaster RTHK for allegedly biased reporting of a weekend lockdown to combat Covid-19.
A silent protest staged by the RTHK union to support their colleague Nabela Qoser. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

December 2020

November 2020

Jimmy Lai. File Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

October 2020

  • National security police raided the private office of Jimmy Lai.
  • A district councillor was given a suspended prison sentence for publicly identifying the policeman who allegedly shot an Indonesian journalist in the eye.

September 2020

Inside the Red Brick Wall. Photo: Ying E Chi Cinema, via Facebook.

August 2020

File photo: KH/United Social Press.

July 2020

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Candice Chau

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.