Anti-gov’t website blocked on national security grounds acquires new domain amid fears of further internet censorship in Hong Kong

Anti-government website HKChronicles, which was ordered blocked by Hong Kong authorities on national security grounds, says it has acquired a new domain name. The move follows confirmation Thursday by an internet service provider that authorities had ordered the site to be blocked, the first time such action has been taken on national security grounds. HKChronicles […]


How press freedom and free speech came under attack worldwide in 2020

Last December 22, my first piece for the Hong Kong Free Press was published. Titled The World is Watching, thanks to Hong Kong’s dedicated photojournalists, it looked back at the outstanding work of photojournalists in documenting the 2019 protests, and the free press issues they faced while doing it. Now as 2020 comes to an […]

Kent Ewing: My ill-fated book deal reveals Hong Kong self-censorship under the security law

Not long ago this humble HKFP columnist sought to rise above his lowly station to garner greater fame and fortune in the book publishing industry. And, remarkably, opportunity came knocking: a publishing contract was offered and agreed to, which was followed by a generous upfront payment transferred to my HSBC account. With expert editorial and graphic […]


Activist sets up online archive to highlight ‘political’ editing of Hong Kong school textbooks

A pro-democracy activist and his newly-founded group Education Breakthrough have set up an online archive dedicated to highlighting what they describe as politically motivated changes to Hong Kong school textbooks aimed at showing China in a better light. The move follows a decision by the Education Bureau to conduct a voluntary screening programme, under which […]

Security law: Why staff at Hong Kong’s public broadcaster may face a choice between editorial independence and allegiance to the gov’t

Civil servants at Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK will be among those required to pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong government if they are recent recruits, or in line for promotion. But veteran programming staff have told HKFP that the pledge would constitute a “practical deterrence” on editorial decisions. Nevertheless, they intend to comply while […]

Hong Kong’s future Liberal Studies teachers vow to stand by the subject despite pro-Beijing pressure

Three Hong Kong university students who will soon qualify as Liberal Studies teachers have vowed to stand by the subject despite complaints from pro-Beijing figures and the recent sacking of an educator accused of spreading pro-independence messages to pupils. The trio said they expected to come under intense scrutiny in the classroom but felt a […]


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