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

Hong Kong doctor jailed over 2019 protests given suspended 6-month license revocation

The organisation that certifies Hong Kong’s doctors has ordered the six-month removal of a practitioner’s licence, suspended for three years, after he was sentenced to jail for participating in an unlawful assembly during the 2019 protests and unrest. The disciplinary inquiry against registered doctor Cheung Ka-chai was held by the Medical Council of Hong Kong…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Hong Kong’s proposed crowdfunding regulation: a hammer designed to crush an already flat nut

Despite spending the last couple of years telling us what to think about life, love, the nation, the president, the rule of law and above all national security, our government maintains that the public, also, has opinions. As such, you are invited to participate in the “public consultation on regulation of crowdfunding activities”. Lengthy document from…

Judge’s ruling calls into question Hong Kong’s ban on most public protests on Covid grounds

A judicial ruling which cleared Chow Hang-tung of incitement to unauthorised assembly has called into question Hong Kong’s ban on most public protests imposed in recent years on the pretext of controlling Covid-19. Court of First Instance Judge Judianna Barnes on December 14 threw out Chow’s conviction for inciting others to take part in an…

FEATURES

In Blue Island, a documentary destined never to be shown in Hong Kong, ex-protesters recreate city’s history

For the second year in a row, a Hong Kong documentary has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Taiwan’s upcoming Golden Horse Awards. And just like last year’s Revolution of Our Times, Blue Island has never been publicly screened on home soil. Blue Island’s director Chan Tze-woon did not bother to submit his 97-minute…

Small mercies: Low-profile groups struggle to support Hong Kong prisoners a year after the fall of Wall-fare

Of all the traumatic occasions in Wall-fare’s brief but eventful existence, the founder of the prisoners’ rights group will above all remember March last year – when tearful and panicky relatives of dozens of detained pro-democracy figures thronged its office appealing for help. The 1,000-square-foot room was in tumult, recalled Shiu Ka-chun in an interview…

Former Hong Kong protesters reflect on life behind bars – and a changed city

When Tung Sheung-Lam left Shek Pik Prison last month after two years and eight months behind bars, he was not expecting a welcoming party. But the 23-year-old was surprised by his parents, who picked him up and whisked him off to a yum cha restaurant, followed by a hotel staycation. Now he has leisure to reflect…

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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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