In June 2020, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to transport and other infrastructure. The move gave police sweeping new powers, alarming democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China. However, the authorities say it has restored stability and peace to the city.

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Elderly Hong Kong cardinal holds mass after court appearance

Elderly Hong Kong cardinal holds mass after court appearance

By Xinqi Su and Holmes Chan Ninety-year-old retired Catholic cardinal Joseph Zen hosted a packed mass dedicated to Chinese churches on Tuesday, hours after appearing in a Hong Kong court over charges linked to the city’s pro-democracy protests. Zen, one of Asia’s highest-ranking Catholic clerics, was among five prominent democracy advocates — including activist and…

Cardinal Zen, barrister Margaret Ng and 4 others deny charges over failure to register protester relief fund as society

Cardinal Zen, barrister Margaret Ng and 4 others deny charges over failure to register protester relief fund as society

Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, singer-activist Denise Ho and three others have pleaded not guilty to charges over an alleged failure to register a defunct protester relief fund as a society in Hong Kong between 2019 and 2021. The six defendants linked to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund appeared before Principal Magistrate Peter Law…

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Winning hearts and minds: mission impossible for Hong Kong’s new leader and his national security agenda?

Winning hearts and minds: mission impossible for Hong Kong’s new leader and his national security agenda?

Election campaigns and their enthusiasts everywhere are always full of extravagant promises and idealistic goals. Hong Kong is no exception — even under its new national security regime and the revamped election system designed to keep everyone but “safe” patriots out of the competition. Under these circumstances, the much-repeated aim of “bringing us together” –…

Have you learned to love the national security law yet?

Have you learned to love the national security law yet?

Hats off to legislator Lai Tung-kwok, whose attempts to think of creative ways to waste our money led him to suggest that there should be a commissioner for national security education, to make sure the Good News is spread to adults as well as the helpless victims of the education industry. This would be a…

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

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…

Who is John Lee? 12 quotes from Hong Kong’s unopposed leadership hopeful

Who is John Lee? 12 quotes from Hong Kong’s unopposed leadership hopeful

Hong Kong’s former chief secretary John Lee has officially thrown his hat into the ring for next month’s leadership race after he submitted 786 nominations on Wednesday. The 64-year-old is the sole hopeful in the small-circle election scheduled for May 8. Lee is on track to be elected the next chief executive by the 1,462…

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

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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