Editorial: HKFP wins HK$105K backing from Google’s News Equity Fund
HKFP is among 450 newsrooms across 52 countries and territories that received support. The sum will be used on new multimedia gear and marketing for a fundraising campaign as we expand our team and coverage.
Hong Kong Free Press has won backing from Google’s News Equity Fund in recognition of its original reporting on the city’s underrepresented communities.
The sum of HK$105,615 will be largely be spent on new multimedia gear and marketing for a fundraising campaign, as we expand the team and invest further in our local coverage.
The News Equity Fund is part of the Google News Initiative. It seeks to “further empower a diverse news ecosystem, and specifically support small and medium sized publishers creating original journalism for underrepresented audiences around the world.”
HKFP is among 450 newsrooms across 52 countries and territories that received backing.
This year, HKFP expanded its team with two new recruits, and will add a third new staffer next week – our first, full-time in-house photojournalist. We also invested heavily in video and graphics in 2022, and revamped our newsletter and Instagram presence.
It is the second time HKFP has won support from the tech giant. It secured over HK$613,000 in 2019 to help build an open source fundraising tool, usable by all newsrooms and NGOs. NewsStream was launched last year and made available to the public.
Editor’s note: As with previous support, funding is only accepted by HKFP on the basis of a formal agreement which forbids any editorial interference.This policy is baked into our Ethics Code and applies to all contributors and advertisers.
2022 features on hong kong’s underrepesented communities
“I hope people can realise how much ethnic minority history there is in Hong Kong… it’s an important part of Hong Kong,” said Hadia Saqib, who helped translate recordings for an audio-guided walking tour of places of significance to the city’s ethnic minority groups.
“Something about being queer, and an ethnic minority, makes you feel like you’re somehow different,” Moira Daphne Gonzales Toledo said, “[T]he general population of ethnic minorities is already less than the locals, so when you add in the factor of queer, it’s like so much more less.”
Migrant domestic worker activists today are fighting against the same policies as they were before the Handover. Empowered by small victories and recent outpourings of public support, they vow to continue, even amid a crackdown on civil society.
From a young age, Liam Mak felt that the sex he was assigned at birth was incongruous with his gender identity, but it was not until he turned 18 that he was able to receive gender-affirming hormone treatment at a public hospital.
There are approximately 14,000 asylum seekers in Hong Kong but often, it is only upon landing in the city that these individuals realise how few rights they are granted. Forbidden from working, some have even turned to crime.
“I think the way the Omicron wave is going, this is just the tip of the iceberg and this will be an emerging problem over the next few weeks,” Manisha Wijesinghe, executive director of HELP for Domestic Workers, told HKFP.
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Tom founded Hong Kong Free Press in 2015 and is the editor-in-chief. In addition to editing, he is responsible for managing the newsroom and company - including fundraising, recruitment and overseeing HKFP's web presence and ethical guidelines.
He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He previously led an NGO advocating for domestic worker rights, and has contributed to the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera and others.