As Chief Executive John Lee assures Hongkongers that press freedom is “in our pocket,” HKFP rounds up media industry incidents since the onset of the national security law.

Photo: Studio Incendo.

December 2022

November 2022

Journalist Bao Choy speaks with reporters outside High Court on Nov. 7, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok/HKFP.
King’s Counsel Timothy Owen leaving the Court of Final Appeal in Central on November 25, 2022. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

October 2022

The International Federation of Journalists’ Hong Kong Freedom of Expression Report 2022. Photo: International Federation of Journalists, via screenshot.

September 2022

Ronson Chan on September 22, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok/HKFP

August 2022

The High Court. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

July 2022

  • Disclosing the media invite list for the July 1 leadership inauguration ‘would harm Hong Kong’s security,’ the government claimed.
  • Hong Kong democracy has taken a “quantum leap forward,” officials told a United Nations rights committee, during a grilling over the national security law, declining press freedom and other developments in the wake of the 2019 protests.
  • Hong Kong’s leader John Lee said journalists are “in the same boat” as him and that he hoped the news sector will join him in promoting the success of One Country, Two Systems to the world.
Kevin Lau.

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.