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.

LATEST NEWS & VIEWS ON THE 2019 PROTEST MOVEMENT

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 […]

Hong Kong activist Figo Chan faces fresh unauthorised assembly charges over Sept 2019 demo

Former Hong Kong protest coalition leader Figo Chan has been charged with allegedly participating in an unauthorised demonstration that took place on September 15, 2019 on Hong Kong Island. The activist was charged on Monday whilst in jail, a post made to his Facebook Page said. Chan is concurrently serving an 18-month sentence over another […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Choice of an ex-policeman as Hong Kong’s number two signals Beijing’s nervousness in election year

The appointment of Secretary for Security John Lee as Chief Secretary for Administration, number two in the Hong Kong government, may be related to better preparing for upcoming elections which authorities apparently see as mainly a security issue. Voting for the election committee sub-sector will be held on September 19 and for the Legislative Council […]

FEATURES

Interview: Kiwi Chow sees his Cannes protest doc as an ’emotional vent’ for Hongkongers

Hong Kong director Kiwi Chow, who startled the city by premiering protest documentary Revolution of Our Times at the Cannes Festival last month, said he wants his film to act as an “emotional vent” for Hongkongers amid “trauma” from the 2019 unrests and fears arising from the national security law. The 152-minute documentary, which chronicled […]

Explainer: From ‘violent attack’ to ‘gang fight’ – How the official account of the Yuen Long mob attack changed

Exactly two years ago on July 21, over 100 rod-wielding men – with connections to triad members – stormed the Yuen Long MTR station, indiscriminately attacking civilians. Among the 45 people injured were journalists, protesters, commuters and Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting. Several other beatings took place in the area, as white-clad men with sticks […]

Hong Kong Wikipedia editors take precautions amid fears mainland peers may report users to national security police

A group of Hong Kong Wikipedia editors have convened an urgent meeting and shared guidelines to prevent doxxing, after users from mainland China allegedly threatened to report the group to the city’s national security police. Representatives from the group told HKFP they are hoping to seek assistance from the Wikimedia Foundation after a meeting. HKFP […]

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FRONTLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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