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Lawyer William Giles stands for press club board after rallying against anti-harassment policy

A member of a campaign group to remove an anti-harassment policy at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) Hong Kong is running for the press club’s Board of Governors. William Giles, a partner of law firm Hart & Giles, is a co-founder of “” – a website with a petition launched in retaliation to an anti-harassment policy […]

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Hong Kong foreign press club’s lease was authorised by former chief executive CY Leung in 2015

The lease of the Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) was authorised in 2015 by then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying, the government has revealed. Leung has been demanding the FCC reveal the lease after it invited pro-independence activist Andy Chan to speak at the club’s luncheon talk last month – an event that the Chinese foreign […]

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Press club slams tightening controls on expression as new vice-president nominated to replace Victor Mallet

The Hong Kong government has reiterated its commitment to safeguarding freedom of expression in a letter responding to former presidents of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) of Hong Kong last week. “Freedom of expression and freedom of reporting are core values in Hong Kong,” said Sidney Chan, private secretary to the chief executive. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region […]

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Hong Kong has a sexism problem – and the latest Foreign Correspondents’ Club furore is proof

Last weekend, an image of a bar-coaster kicked off an international tweet storm and an outpouring of #metoo stories shedding light on a toxic bar culture at one of the world’s most famous press clubs – the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. ‘Save the FCC’ the coasters read, adopting the insignia of Carlsberg. However, the coasters distributed […]

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Beijing tells press club to ‘distinguish right from wrong’ amid Hong Kong journalist visa freeze

Beijing’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong said on Thursday that China had “diplomatic authority” to retaliate over what it saw as a suppression of Chinese media outlets in the US. The office told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) to “distinguish right from wrong,” after the club said journalists in the city were facing “highly […]

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Ex-leader CY ‘definitely not’ involved in expulsion of foreign journalist from Hong Kong, says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has denied that ex-Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying was involved in the decision to reject a work visa for the vice-president for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong Victor Mallet. Also the Financial Times’ Asia News Editor, Mallet was repeatedly criticised by Leung for hosting an FCC luncheon talk in August with Andy Chan […]

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Beijing can instruct Hong Kong over handling of independence movement, says top adviser

A top adviser to Beijing has said that the central government can issue instructions to the Hong Kong chief executive over the handling of the pro-independence movement. Andy Chan, whose Hong Kong National Party is facing a government ban, spoke at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) for around an hour on Tuesday. Following his sold-out speech, the […]

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Hong Kong Immigration Dep’t refuses to explain months-long work visa delays for journalists

Hong Kong’s Immigration Department has dodged questions over the months-long delays in issuing work visas to journalists, refusing to state how long applicants and media outlets might be expected to wait. On Thursday, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club said that highly unusual processing delays have “affected journalists of multiple nationalities and in some cases have prevented […]

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Hong Kong press freedom assured if media give 100% guarantee they will not commit security offences, says Lam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she will give guarantees about press freedom to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) if they also give “a 100 per cent guarantee that they will not commit any offences under this piece of national legislation.” Lam was asked by HKFP about the letters the club had written […]

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Hong Kong press club demands assurance of press freedom under national security law as police hit out at media

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) issued an open letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Thursday demanding the government give assurances of press freedom and protection of journalists from legal risks under the newly-enforced national security law. The FCC urged the government to guarantee all journalists that they would be allowed to report on any […]