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.


Five guilty of rioting over ‘devil-like’ 2019 Yuen Long mob attack

Five men accused of attacking protesters and commuters at a Hong Kong metro station in 2019 have been convicted of rioting and wounding offences, while a sixth defendant was cleared of wrongdoing during a landmark outbreak of violence during that year’s anti-government protests. Anthony Chau, senior assistant director of public prosecutions, told the District Court during trial that […]

Some 170 pro-democracy district councillors face disqualification under new Hong Kong law – reports

Some 170 pro-democracy district councillors may be forced out of office under a new Hong Kong law requiring councillors to swear an oath of allegiance to the government, according to media reports, in what would be another major setback for the embattled opposition. The higher-level Legislative Council, which is dominated by pro-government lawmakers, passed an […]


Convicted of rioting despite no evidence of rioting? How will this work with the Poly U siege?

There is something a little desperate about Hong Kong’s senior officials insisting that we still have an independent judiciary. It seems that other civic amenities have been written off. We no longer have a vaguely democratic legislature, an accountable police force, or an elected executive. We have shredded the right to trial by jury, to […]


From hopelessness to ‘infinite possibilities’: Jailed over 2019 demo, Owen Au ponders the future of Hong Kong student activism

Student movements in Hong Kong should seek to “decentralise” as distrust in those who run the city’s universities grows, according to activist Owen Au who has just been jailed for six months over an unlawful assembly in 2019. The call from the former Chinese University (CUHK) student union president comes as he was convicted and […]

Love at first bite: Hong Kong’s humble street food inspires an encyclopaedia

Hong Kong’s iconic yellow and white siu mai dumpling, which for decades has been a satisfying go-to street food for those in search of a quick bite, is about to get a fitting tribute – its own encyclopaedia. The everyday snack embodies a greater cultural significance, enthusiasts argue, as they document the origins and fun […]


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HKFP Lens: Hong Kong press group announces winners of news photo contest

The Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA) announced the winners of its annual news photo contest “Focus at the Frontline” on Sunday. Ming Pao Weekly’s Tan Chi-wing won Photo of the Year award with a picture of the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon, with what appeared to be stars projected on the building exterior, […]

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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