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Explainer: Small Chinese-language media outlets press on as Hong Kong’s big names disappear

According to both Beijing and Hong Kong officials, freedom of the press has survived unscathed since the national security law came into force in June 2020. But prominent independent outlets have shut down one after another and journalists have been detained on national security and sedition charges. The International Federation of Journalists says Hong Kong’s…

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‘Treat us fairly’: Meet the domestic worker YouTuber raising awareness of helper rights

“You think you’re so great because you’re rich?”, “How much do you pay? …working 24 hours, but don’t even have holidays.” A video of a foreign domestic worker sarcastically reprimanding Hong Kong employers gained traction last month. But Contrinx, the Indonesian YouTuber who won’t reveal her name for safety reasons – doesn’t normally jeer as…

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How artist and writer Maoshan Connie helps Hongkongers see the trees from the city

Observant Hongkongers might have noticed subtle shifts in the city’s natural rhythms recently. The insects have awakened, the ocean has shed bioluminescent “blue tears” along the shoreline, and the trees have begun to bloom. None of these phenomena have escaped the attention of artist and writer Maoshan Connie, who is nothing if not observant.  “Did…

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‘What’s his name again?’: Hong Kong stages election, unbeknownst to families celebrating Mother’s Day

The sole contender in Hong Kong’s small-circle chief executive race, John Lee, was selected by 1,416 pro-establishment voters on Sunday, which also happened to be Mother’s Day and Buddha’s Birthday, a public holiday. As votes were cast on Sunday morning, a dim sum restaurant in Mong Kok was packed with families, some taking advantage of…

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Explainer: Hong Kong’s Election Committee determines who leads the city – what is it and how does it work?

Hong Kong’s chief executive elections have long been dubbed small-circle races, with only members of the Election Committee allowed to vote for the city’s leader. This Sunday’s contest – in which former chief secretary and security chief John Lee runs unopposed – marks the first such race since Beijing imposed sweeping changes to the electoral…

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Explainer: 7 charts showing voter demographics in Hong Kong’s first ‘patriots-only’ legislative election

Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” Legislative Council (LegCo) election last December, held under a Beijing-mandated revamp of the electoral system that minimised the role of democrats, saw the lowest turnout in the city’s history. In seven graphs, HKFP takes a detailed look at the participation rate and other aspects of the poll. Low turnout rate among…

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Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 22

April 15 marked the second National Security Education Day in Hong Kong. The month also saw more blows to press freedom, with national security police arresting another journalist for allegedly publishing “seditious materials.” Press groups suspended awards, citing “red lines” and legal risks. HKFP continues its monthly round-up of developments. Press freedom Veteran journalist Allan…

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In full: Winners of the axed FCC Human Rights Press Awards – revealed

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) scrapped the 2022 Human Rights Press Awards after defunct outlet Stand News was slated to win a number of prizes. It prompted a board member to step down and eight members of the club’s press freedom committee to resign. In a statement, the club cited legal risks and “red lines,” whilst…

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Testing times: An unwanted ‘summer break’ for students in Covid-hit Hong Kong

“I guess time does fly. I don’t mean ‘time flies when we’re having fun’.” University entry exams began on Friday in Covid-hit Hong Kong, as schools resumed in-person teaching following a 38-day early “summer break.” HKFP spoke to two students who were left feeling confused, lost and frustrated during months of strict social distancing rules.…

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Explainer: Hong Kong’s first small-circle leadership race since Beijing’s ‘patriots-only’ electoral overhaul

On May 8, Election Committee members will cast their ballots to determine – from one sole candidate – who leads the city for the next five years as Hong Kong holds its first small-circle leadership election since last year’s electoral overhaul. While the majority of electoral changes imposed by Beijing in March 2021 were related…

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Covid-19: Arrivals and departures during Hong Kong’s fifth wave – explained in six graphs

After close to two years of keeping the Covid-19 pandemic under control, Hong Kong’s fifth wave led to over 1.1 million infections and almost 8,000 deaths, with mostly unvaccinated elderly residents falling victim to Omicron. Hong Kong has stuck with stringent travel restrictions and maintains some of the world’s strictest quarantine requirements. Rules were further…

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5 years of Hong Kong under Carrie Lam – how many promises have been kept?

Carrie Lam took office as Hong Kong’s leader on July 1, 2017, after winning 777 votes from a 1,200-member Election Committee. In the five years since, the city has experienced great upheavals, including the protests and unrest of 2019, Beijing’s sweeping national security legislation and election overhaul, and the Covid-19 pandemic – the fifth and…

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