The best original reporting from the Hong Kong Free Press team.


Exclusive: Cartoonist Badiucao says satire is the ‘temporary aspirin’ that can heal Hong Kong’s protest trauma

Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao has told HKFP that the power of political satire comes from deconstructing authority and it can act as a “temporary painkiller” for Hongkongers traumatised by the ongoing pro-democracy protests. In an exclusive live-streamed interview, the cartoonist shared his thoughts on the role of art in social movements and spoke of how humour […]

Exclusive: ‘Strategic positivity’ needed to confront Beijing on world stage, says rights law expert Sharon Hom

Human rights law expert Sharon Hom has told HKFP that “strategic positivity” is needed to confront Beijing on the world stage, and activists should not give up on imperfect platforms such the UN. In an exclusive interview live-streamed on Facebook, the executive director of Human Rights in China said that the global Covid-19 pandemic had […]

Canadian universities face student backlash over Hong Kong police job ads

Job postings for the Hong Kong Police Force have appeared on student job boards of three Canadian universities, according to pro-democracy student groups who have tried to get the postings removed. Hogan Lam, an active member of the University of Toronto Hong Kong Extradition Law Awareness Group, said the job posting “doesn’t make sense” as […]

Explainer: The hidden differences between Hong Kong police rifles

The infamous AR15 is a regular sight at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, appearing sporadically from last April, before being deployed en masse during the police siege of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and routinely ever since. There is much misunderstanding about this rifle, and its use by the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF). Largely this […]


‘The strong and fearless’: Hong Kong’s pro bono protest lawyers run for Law Society election

“The rule of law is dead” – it is a common complaint among pro-democracy activists and politicians following months-long protests in the city, allegations of police brutality, and Beijing authorities making controversial claims about its legal powers. Or as Umbrella Movement leader and law professor Benny Tai recently put it: “The Rule of Law is […]


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Frustrated Hong Kong asylum seekers want to join Covid-19 fight

For many people classified as “non-essential workers,” the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of employment and income. But Claudine, 47, a trained nurse, remains unseen and unable to work, despite a demand for skilled people like her. Claudine, who is using a pseudonym for fear of jeopardising her asylum claim, is from East […]

Exclusive: Beijing completely broke their promise on Hong Kong, says veteran democrat Martin Lee

In the 1980s, when it became known that China would regain sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, there were jitters across the Hong Kong community. Tens of thousands of residents emigrated and business confidence wavered.   To stem the outflow of talent and capital, Britain and China in 1984 signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which promised […]

Giraffe Leung: the artist who framed the scars left by months-long protests in Hong Kong

Last June, Hong Kong was rocked by months of large-scale protests over a now-axed extradition bill. Streets descended into chaos as pro-democracy protesters clashed with police, but the demonstrations have since ebbed amid the coronavirus outbreak. While it appears that calm has been restored, indelible marks left by the unrest remain visible across the city. […]

Why Hong Kong’s climate change efforts fall short

Official declarations of emergency, urgent consultations with scientific experts and a raft of radical social and economic policies to protect public health and the economy. That’s the approach that the Hong Kong government has adopted over recent weeks to battle the coronavirus, but it contrasts starkly with the lethargy and collective dragging of feet when […]


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