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Press Freedom Day: As long as there are journalists in Hong Kong, there will be journalism

I don’t remember when exactly I developed an intense dislike for headlines about press freedom in Hong Kong that contained phrases like “the darkest day” and the “coldest winter”, but I know it was long before the national security law overturned Hong Kong’s media landscape. The problem with using superlatives like this is they lose…

Why the days of Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club may be numbered

By ex-club president Matt Driskill In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, there’s a famous line about going broke that could be an analogy for China and its brutal repression of the once-free press in Hong Kong. “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked in the novel. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”…

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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…

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…

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 22

April 15 marked the second National Security Education Day in Hong Kong. The month also saw more blows to press freedom, with national security police arresting another journalist for allegedly publishing “seditious materials.” Press groups suspended awards, citing “red lines” and legal risks. HKFP continues its monthly round-up of developments. Press freedom Veteran journalist Allan…

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