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Why letting a UK lawyer represent Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong exposes a legal dilemma

The Hong Kong government has done a good job so far of keeping Jimmy Lai, the founder of defunct pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, in prison for one reason or another. No doubt it will continue to discharge this important function. This does, though, require some logical and legal gymnastics. Remember the row about British judges…

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…

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Video: How Hong Kong film directors are navigating a new era of censorship

“Being in this era, you ought to tell the stories about this era,” says by Chan Tze-woon, director of Blue Island – an uncensored documentary that cannot be screened publicly in Hong Kong. HKFP speaks to four film directors about navigating new red lines under Hong Kong’s security law. Whilst some now enjoy free expression…

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 28

In October, four pro-democracy Returning Valiant members became the first minors to be sentenced under the Beijing-imposed national security law. Student Politicism also saw former leaders jailed. A court ruled that journalistic materials do not have absolute immunity when it comes to criminal and national security cases. And Chief Executive John Lee put emphasis on national…

Team of journalists resigned after SCMP axed 3-part series on Xinjiang abuses, ex-editor says

Two reporters quit the South China Morning Post (SCMP) last year after a senior editor axed their three-month investigation into human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, according to an editor who resigned shortly after. During a Foreign Correspondents’ Club talk in Japan on October 13, Peter Langan revealed that he quit his senior editor…

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