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Hong Kong press club criticises police accreditation rules as Beijing accuses it of ‘whitewashing fake journalists’

Beijing’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong has accused the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) of “whitewashing fake journalists,” after the club voiced opposition to a controversial amendment in media accreditation rules by police. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong told the FCC to stop “meddling” […]

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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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Facebook halts project for undersea data cable to Hong Kong over US-China tensions

Facebook has decided to halt its efforts to build a trans-Pacific undersea cable that would have connected California and Hong Kong, due to tensions between the United States and China. “Due to ongoing concerns from the US government about direct communication links between the United States and Hong Kong, we have decided to withdraw our FCC […]

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Hong Kong press club urges police chief to clarify comments about action against ‘fake news’

A Hong Kong press club has urged the city’s police chief to clarify recent comments he made about prosecuting peddlers of “fake news”, while claiming that “foreign forces” were attempting to stir hatred and conflict in the city using disinformation. On Thursday, in an open letter to the commissioner of police, Chris Tang, the Foreign […]

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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 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 […]

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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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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 […]