Founded in 2015, Hong Kong Free Press is an impartial, non-profit, award-winning English-language newspaper.

Run by journalists, backed by readers and 100% independent, HKFP is governed by a public code of ethics.

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Reporter Peter Lee, Reporter Candice Chau, Associate Editor Mercedes Hutton, Reporter Hillary Leung, Reporter Kelly Ho, Editor-in-Chief Tom Grundy, Guest Editor Tim Hamlett, Multimedia Reporter Lea Mok and Photojournalist Kyle Lam.

HKFP has an impartial stance, transparent funding, and balanced coverage guided by an Ethics Code and Corrections Policy. We launched in 2015 amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong. HKFP was the city’s first crowdfunded media outlet, and the fastest-funded, largest project of its time – we are now sustained by direct one-off and monthly contributions from readers.

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The 2023 HKFP Team

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Tom Grundy

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.

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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes is a Hong Kong-based British journalist with an interest in environmental and social issues. She has written for the Guardian and the BBC and previously worked at the South China Morning Post.

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Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.

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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.

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Hillary Leung

Hillary has an interest in social issues and politics. Previously, she reported on Asia broadly – including on Hong Kong’s 2019 protests – for TIME Magazine and covered local news at Coconuts Hong Kong.

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Lea Mok

Lea Mok is a multimedia reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously contributed to StandNews, The Initium, MingPao and others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Mandy Cheng

Mandy Cheng is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. Previously, she worked at Ming Pao, focusing on investigative and feature reporting. She also contributed to Cable TV and others.

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Kyle Lam

Kyle Lam is a Hong Kong Baptist University graduate who has worked as a photojournalist and reporter since 2013. His work has been published by HK01, the European Pressphoto Agency, Bloomberg and Ming Pao. Lam is the recipient of several prizes from the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association and Human Rights Press Awards.

Our mission: We aim to be the most independent and credible English-language news source in Greater China. We seek to amplify the voices of the voiceless, not the powerful. The HKFP team is fully committed to reporting the facts, without fear, favour or interference.

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Editor-in-chief TEDX talk.

HKFP is only answerable to readers, not shareholders, media tycoons or corporate umbrella groups. Learn more about how you can support us and ensure our independence.

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Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, HKFP is home to a mix of breaking news, original reporting, features and interviews. If you believe Hong Kong needs an independent English news source, please support us.

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BBC media coverage, 2015.