Protests erupted in June 2019 across Hong Kong over a now-axed extradition bill. They escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment.


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai sentenced to 8 months prison over 2019 demo

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, was handed an eight month prison sentence on Friday for participating in an unauthorised assembly on August 31, 2019. whilst 64-year-old Labour Party vice-chair Lee Cheuk-yan received six months behind bars. Ex-Democratic Party chair Yeung Sum, 73, was given eight months in prison, suspended for a year, by […]

Hong Kong ‘Father of Democracy’ Martin Lee handed 2 year suspended jail sentence over peaceful 2019 demo

Hong Kong’s “Father of Democracy” Martin Lee was handed a jail sentence of 11 months, suspended for 24 months on Friday for organising and participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019, whilst pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai received 12 months behind bars. Lee, the founder of the Democratic Party, was among nine democrats convicted of […]


Electoral surgery risks overkill, further eroding Hongkongers’ trust in Beijing

With the 50-year lifespan of Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” experiment just half-way through, China has moved to overhaul its electoral system to install what the authorities call a “new democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics.” Nothing could be further from the truth. By overhauling the methods of picking the Chief Executive and […]

How Hong Kong’s government sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind

Growing up, I was a shy and withdrawn child and avoided crossing any lines. During my school  years I did not once receive a detention. The people I was drawn to were mostly quiet like  me. We did not smoke. We enjoyed reading, playing sports and building model kits. An exciting  night out was to […]


Interview: Veteran journalist Stephen Vines on Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy against the world’s largest dictatorship

Hong Kong’s reputation as an international city with guaranteed liberties and freedoms is crumbling nine months after Beijing imposed a national security law on the region in response to the pro-democracy protests that rocked the city in late 2019. In his latest book Defying the Dragon: Hong Kong and the World’s Largest Dictatorship, veteran journalist […]

The Hongkonger and her spouse struggling to save democracy in Myanmar

Hongkonger Zoe and her partner Hein – a citizen of Myanmar – decided back in 2014 to move from the United States to the Southeast Asian country in hopes it was ready to take off after almost half a century of military rule. The junta which had been in power since 1962 stepped aside to […]


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HKFP Lens: ‘The Nature of Water’ captures intense and intimate photojournalism from Hong Kong’s 2019 demos

The Nature of Water, a historic photojournalism and commentary book, captures the people, places and culture that shaped the 2019 anti-extradition law protests and the ultimate fate of Hong Kong. The title refers to the protesters’ self-proclaimed philosophy in the face of police action, inspired by the Bruce Lee quote – ”Be Water.” Over 50 photographers contributed to the book. “With intense and intimate photojournalism, protest artwork created by […]


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