In June 2020, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to transport and other infrastructure. The move gave police sweeping new powers, alarming democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China. However, the authorities say it has restored stability and peace to the city.


Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group leader urges members to vote against disbanding in message from prison

A key member of the alliance which organised Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil has sent a message from prison objecting to its disbandment after two others linked to the group and also serving jail sentences called for the shutdown. The administrator of Chow Hang-tung’s Facebook page posted a letter from Chow, the vice-chairperson of […]


Barely a democrat in sight as Hong Kong ushers in new political era on Sunday

Hong Kong, for now, is a tale of two cities. In one part of town, demolition work has moved into high gear as the police and the courts proceed to dismantle the old order with its democracy movement counter-current. The old order can now be defined as the first two decades of post-colonial rule, when […]



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Exclusive: Hongkongers are on the right side of history, says artist Ai Weiwei – ‘I am very proud of them’

Hong Kong artists can still find ways to express themselves despite the challenges posed by growing political censorship, leading Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei believes. After years of delay, the city is set to open its M+ museum, touted as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, on November 12 as part of the […]

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong […]


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