JUST IN: China says it opposes ‘barbarous and rude’ US sanctions against Hong Kong officials

China’s office in Hong Kong on Saturday denounced Washington’s decision to sanction key officials over sliding freedoms in the business hub, calling the move “barbarous and rude”. Carrie Lam, Eric Chan, John Lee, Teresa Cheng, Zhang Xiaoming, Zheng Yanxiong, Stephen Lo, Luo Huining, Chris Tang, Erick Tsang and Xia Baolong.“The ill intentions of US politicians to support people … Continue reading “JUST IN: China says it opposes ‘barbarous and rude’ US sanctions against Hong Kong officials”

Beijing says US ban on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat are an affront to market principles and ‘slippery slope’

China’s Foreign Ministry has said that Washington’s ban on Chinese social media applications represent ethical slippery slopes and the US will suffer consequences. US President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday to prohibit Tencent’s messaging application WeChat and ByteDance’s video sharing platform TikTok from operating for 45 days. Photo: Screenshot via Youtube.The spread … Continue reading “Beijing says US ban on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat are an affront to market principles and ‘slippery slope’”

Interview: A year on, ‘wanted’ exiled activist Simon Cheng reflects on his detention in China

Exactly a year ago on August 8, Simon Cheng – a staff member at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong at the time – was detained by Chinese authorities at the end of a business trip over the border. He was accused of soliciting prostitution on the mainland – a claim which his family rejected. He … Continue reading “Interview: A year on, ‘wanted’ exiled activist Simon Cheng reflects on his detention in China”

Hong Kong’s security law: A cautionary tale of two cities, where ‘nothing has changed’

This is a tale of two cities over two dates. Fred Frankfurter lives in New York, where he works as a stock chooser, or securities analyst as they call it in the industry. Being an outspoken person with strong views, he is often invited to appear on the sort of television programme in which punters … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s security law: A cautionary tale of two cities, where ‘nothing has changed’”

BREAKING: US sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, police chief and other top officials for ‘undermining autonomy’

The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam and 10 senior figures, in a major new step against China’s clampdown in the semi-autonomous city. Carrie Lam. File photo: GovHK.“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy,” Treasury … Continue reading “BREAKING: US sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, police chief and other top officials for ‘undermining autonomy’”

US to sanction Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam citing curtailment of freedoms – report

The US is set to impose sanctions against Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam citing the curtailment of freedoms in the city, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam. File photo: Nicolas Asfouri.Citing three sources familiar with the matter, the US outlet reported that US President Donald Trump is expected to take … Continue reading “US to sanction Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam citing curtailment of freedoms – report”

Hong Kong gov’t to offer city-wide Covid-19 testing amid third wave

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the government is to offer universal coronavirus testing to all citizens in a bid to curb the third, and perhaps the worst, epidemic wave in the city. #HongKong’s Carrie Lam is expected to announce free Covid-19 testing for all residents.HKFP_Live: #HongKong’s 林鄭月娥 Carrie Lam is expected to … Continue reading “Hong Kong gov’t to offer city-wide Covid-19 testing amid third wave”

Hong Kong Catholic diocese urges schools to promote national security education

The Hong Kong Catholic diocese has asked its schools to enhance students’ awareness of new security legislation, the anthem law and cultivate “correct values” on national identity. In a letter to principals and supervisors of Catholic primary and secondary schools, the diocese episcopal delegate for education Peter Lau also urged them to guard against campus … Continue reading “Hong Kong Catholic diocese urges schools to promote national security education”

The zero-waste, immune-boosting superfood that protects lives and the planet

By Liz Thomas Imagine if I told you there was a superfood that adjusted to the needs of people as they consumed it, aiding mental and physical development. A product with immune-boosting qualities so broad and powerful that researchers are investigating its potential for treating Covid-19. What if I also told you it could be … Continue reading “The zero-waste, immune-boosting superfood that protects lives and the planet”

‘No actual evidence’: Hong Kong gov’t and police refute UK lawmakers’ allegations of rights violations

The Hong Kong government and police have refuted allegations from the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of rights violations as “biased” and lacking “actual evidence.” The parliamentary group released an inquiry report into the force’s possible mistreatment of humanitarian aid workers during the city’s pro-democracy protests on Tuesday. Large-scale social unrest erupted last June over … Continue reading “‘No actual evidence’: Hong Kong gov’t and police refute UK lawmakers’ allegations of rights violations”

Hong Kong Immigration Dep’t refuses to explain months-long work visa delays for journalists

Hong Kong’s Immigration Department has dodged questions over the months-long delays in issuing work visas to journalists, refusing to state how long applicants and media outlets might be expected to wait. Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong. File photo: inmediahk.net via CC.2.0.On Thursday, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club said that highly unusual processing delays have “affected journalists … Continue reading “Hong Kong Immigration Dep’t refuses to explain months-long work visa delays for journalists”

Coronavirus: Fears over a possible domestic worker cluster deepen as Hong Kong health expert calls for mass testing

Hong Kong leading microbiologist Ho Pak-leung has urged the government to conduct mass coronavirus testing for foreign domestic workers who live in dormitories on Thursday. This came a day after local health authorities revealed an infected Indonesian helper had lived with more than 30 other helpers at two employment agency premises during her incubation period. … Continue reading “Coronavirus: Fears over a possible domestic worker cluster deepen as Hong Kong health expert calls for mass testing”

25 Hong Kong activists charged for taking part in ‘unauthorised’ Tiananmen massacre vigil

Twenty-five Hong Kong democracy activists were charged Thursday with taking part in a banned June candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. They included prominent activist Joshua Wong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, and were formally charged with “knowingly taking part in … Continue reading “25 Hong Kong activists charged for taking part in ‘unauthorised’ Tiananmen massacre vigil”

Bring Hong Kong’s leadership election in line with national security legislation, says executive councillor

An executive councillor has suggested that the Hong Kong chief executive election ordinance should be amended to require that designated voters uphold the Basic Law, following the enactment of national security legislation. Ahead of the 2022 small-circle election, up to 1,200 eligible voters from various sectors will be chosen next year. Photo: GovHK.Democrats were optimistic … Continue reading “Bring Hong Kong’s leadership election in line with national security legislation, says executive councillor”

Covid-19: Hong Kong food charity struggle to assist needy as partners suspend donations

A Hong Kong charity is struggling to provide food resources to sustain the city’s poorest and most vulnerable during the Covid-19 crisis. The FoodLink Foundation and Breadline were left with limited places to turn for food donations this week after Maxim’s Group — one of their major partners — said on Sunday that all donations … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong food charity struggle to assist needy as partners suspend donations”

Academic journal reviewer says Hong Kong should be written as ‘Xianggang’ in row over official name

A journal reviewer has said “Hong Kong” is a foreign name that should be amended to include its Mandarin romanisation “Xianggang,” raising concerns about academic freedom. University of Edinburgh PhD student Andrew Yu tweeted that one of the four reviewers of an academic paper he submitted to a peer-reviewed journal said it would “not [be] … Continue reading “Academic journal reviewer says Hong Kong should be written as ‘Xianggang’ in row over official name”

Sale: Latest Mekong Review and HKFP keyring with free local delivery – 100 copies only

The Mekong Review has kindly donated 100 copies of their latest edition to HKFP. Supporters in Hong Kong can receive a copy, along with an HKFP keyring, with a minimum donation of HK$160 via our merch store. Click to purchase – limited stock The latest edition includes an interview with activist Joshua Wong by Elaine … Continue reading “Sale: Latest Mekong Review and HKFP keyring with free local delivery – 100 copies only”

Hong Kong newspaper staff claim photos leaked on ‘doxxing’ site linked to Chinese travel agency

Staff members of a Hong Kong newspaper have claimed that their headshots posted on a “doxxing” website came from a Chinese travel agency that processes mainland visas. Local online news outlet Stand News reported on Tuesday that photos and personal data of Apple Daily staffers had been published on a doxxing website recently. The tabloid … Continue reading “Hong Kong newspaper staff claim photos leaked on ‘doxxing’ site linked to Chinese travel agency”

Explainer: How Hong Kong banned 12 democrats from the legislative election

The Legislative Council Elections nomination period ended last Friday with Hong Kong’s government barring 12 pro-democracy candidates from the now-postponed race. Most electoral officers cited a past ruling that disqualified pro-independence activist Andy Chan from running in 2016 legislative elections. They wrote that “an intention to uphold the Basic Law denotes not just a compliance … Continue reading “Explainer: How Hong Kong banned 12 democrats from the legislative election”

US Sec. of State Pompeo vows to protect exiled Hong Kong activists ‘wanted’ by Beijing

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday vowed to protect Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners who have fled the city and denounced China after Beijing said that police had ordered the arrests of overseas activists. “The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside … Continue reading “US Sec. of State Pompeo vows to protect exiled Hong Kong activists ‘wanted’ by Beijing”

Hong Kong police violated int’l humanitarian laws – the world must act

By Darren Mann One of the many consequences of the current pandemic has been a recognition of the essential place of healthcare workers in society. For many weeks, we have been applauding them in a weekly ritual. Contrast these sentiments with what is happening to nurses, doctors and allied-health professionals in Hong Kong — a … Continue reading “Hong Kong police violated int’l humanitarian laws – the world must act”

Gov’t proposal to allow Hongkongers in southern China to vote draws concerns from democrats over potential fraud

Democracy activists have expressed concern over a Hong Kong government proposal that would enable Hongkongers in China’s Greater Bay Area to vote, saying it could open the door to fraud. Chief Executive Carrie Lam mentioned the idea in a TVB interview on Saturday following the controversial decision to postpone the legislative election until next September … Continue reading “Gov’t proposal to allow Hongkongers in southern China to vote draws concerns from democrats over potential fraud”

Ex-head of Hong Kong legislature defends election delay, tells Carrie Lam that ‘smearing’ is inevitable

Former Legislative Council (LegCo) president Rita Fan has defended Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s decision to defer the 2020 legislative polls to September next year, saying there was “no choice” owing to the resurgence of coronavirus cases in the city. In a 14-minute video posted on Lam’s Facebook page on Monday evening, the city’s leader asked … Continue reading “Ex-head of Hong Kong legislature defends election delay, tells Carrie Lam that ‘smearing’ is inevitable”

Hong Kong gov’t defends election delay after barristers express concern over constitutional rights

Hong Kong has defended its decision to invite Beijing to resolve legislative matters arising from the election delay after the city’s professional body of barristers said the move would effectively “override” provisions in the mini-constitution. Last Friday, the government announced that September’s legislative race would be postponed for a year owing to a resurgence in … Continue reading “Hong Kong gov’t defends election delay after barristers express concern over constitutional rights”

Covid-19: Hong Kong daily infections fall below 100 but death toll rises to 37, as gov’t refutes concerns over mainland testing team

Hong Kong’s daily coronavirus infection toll has fallen below 100 for the first time in 12 days, as the city recorded 80 confirmed cases on Monday. Meanwhile, the government refuted concerns over a team of Chinese experts who came to the city a day ago to help local authorities carry out widespread testing in response … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong daily infections fall below 100 but death toll rises to 37, as gov’t refutes concerns over mainland testing team”

Exclusive: Wanted by Beijing, activist in-exile Wayne Chan says he won’t stop fighting for Hong Kong independence

Days after he learned he was wanted by police on suspicion of violating the national security law, exiled pro-independence activist Wayne Chan told HKFP that he chose to leave Hong Kong so that he could continue to say things that are banned. Chan – now in the UK – fled Hong Kong in early June … Continue reading “Exclusive: Wanted by Beijing, activist in-exile Wayne Chan says he won’t stop fighting for Hong Kong independence”

Current lawmakers banned from Hong Kong’s 2021 election may not be allowed to stay on, says delegate

Hong Kong’s sole delegate to China’s legislative body has said it would be “awkward” for incumbent lawmakers who had been barred from standing in the now-deferred 2020 Legislative Council election to continue their roles until next year. It comes as the government awaits a decision from China’s legislative body to resolve a lacuna in the … Continue reading “Current lawmakers banned from Hong Kong’s 2021 election may not be allowed to stay on, says delegate”

Hong Kong’s director of public prosecutions David Leung resigns over differences with justice secretary

Hong Kong’s Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung has resigned from his role, citing differences with the Secretary for Justice (SJ) Teresa Cheng. “It is most unfortunate that I do not see eye to eye with the SJ on the running of the PD [Prosecutions Division], and the situation has not improved with the passage … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s director of public prosecutions David Leung resigns over differences with justice secretary”

Research team seeks to restore Hong Kong coral reefs with 3D-printed tiles

A research team at the University of Hong Kong has created the first 3D-printed terracotta “reef tiles” to help restore eroding coral communities on Hong Kong seabeds. The first clay tiles were placed on the seafloor at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park in Sai Kung during a week-long deployment exercise in mid-July. The experiment consists … Continue reading “Research team seeks to restore Hong Kong coral reefs with 3D-printed tiles”

Exclusive: Activist Nathan Law says China’s Hong Kong crackdown will backfire, as he vows to continue lobbying efforts

Activist Nathan Law left Hong Kong before the national security law was enacted, but he has told HKFP that relocating was the best thing he could do in order to serve the city’s protest movement. Now settled in London, the former student leader has been reaching out to politicians and lobbying for the pro-democracy cause. … Continue reading “Exclusive: Activist Nathan Law says China’s Hong Kong crackdown will backfire, as he vows to continue lobbying efforts”

Explainer: 19-year-old Tony Chung – the first political figure arrested under Hong Kong’s security law

On Wednesday, Hong Kong police rounded up four former members of pro-independence group Studentlocalism – aged 16 to 21 – on suspicion of inciting secession under the Beijing-implemented national security law. The group’s ex-convenor Tony Chung, 19, became the first political figure to be arrested under the controversial legislation, which also criminalises subversion, terrorist acts … Continue reading “Explainer: 19-year-old Tony Chung – the first political figure arrested under Hong Kong’s security law”

Explainer: A city shackled – How Beijing’s security law transformed Hong Kong in one short month

Once a vague spectre, national security legislation became a reality in Hong Kong last month when – in less than six weeks – Beijing imposed a law granting authorities sweeping powers to clamp down on dissent. Drafted behind closed doors without local legislative input, the law ostensibly targets acts in the city deemed to threaten … Continue reading “Explainer: A city shackled – How Beijing’s security law transformed Hong Kong in one short month”

How 12 countries – rich and poor – carried out elections during the Covid-19 pandemic

On Friday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that Hong Kong’s legislative elections will be postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The city has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks, though recent polls suggest the pro-Beijing camp would also face a battering at the ballot box in September following a year … Continue reading “How 12 countries – rich and poor – carried out elections during the Covid-19 pandemic”

The reason reason for Hong Kong’s election delay? The pro-China camp are scared to face the electorate

So, there will not be a Legco election in September, nor indeed for another year and even then the government has ensured that it won’t be anything resembling a free and fair election. The unprecedented ejection of 12 candidates, with more to come, indicates what elections of the future will look like. For all their … Continue reading “The reason reason for Hong Kong’s election delay? The pro-China camp are scared to face the electorate”

BREAKING: Hong Kong postpones legislative election citing Covid-19

Hong Kong is to postpone September’s legislative election by one year owing to a resurgence in untraceable coronavirus cases, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Friday. The leader will invoke the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to hold off the vote – a decision she said was supported by Beijing. Chief Executive Carrie Lam is meeting the … Continue reading “BREAKING: Hong Kong postpones legislative election citing Covid-19”

Hong Kong teen activist Tony Chung bailed; told to remove social media posts within 72 hrs following security law arrest

The ex-convenor of pro-independence group Studentlocalism Tony Chung was released on bail without charge on Friday. However, police told the teen activist to remove social media posts under the Beijing-enacted national security law. On Wednesday, the 19-year-old became the first political figure to be arrested on suspicion of inciting secession under the controversial legislation that … Continue reading “Hong Kong teen activist Tony Chung bailed; told to remove social media posts within 72 hrs following security law arrest”

‘Hammer blow to Hong Kong’s autonomy’: Politicians, NGOs and activists react to election bans

The Hong Kong government declared an unprecedented 12 pro-democracy politicians’ candidacies for September’s legislative elections invalid on Thursday, saying it would not rule out the possibility of further disqualifications. HKFP has rounded up reactions to the move from local as well as international politicians and human rights groups. (Top, left to right) Winnie Yu, Tiffany … Continue reading “‘Hammer blow to Hong Kong’s autonomy’: Politicians, NGOs and activists react to election bans”

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says ‘resistance will continue,’ after election ban

Hong Kong’s democracy camp will continue to fight Beijing’s crackdown on political freedoms, prominent dissident Joshua Wong said Friday after he and other activists were barred from standing for election. “Our resistance will continue on and we hope the world can stand with us in the upcoming uphill battle,” he told reporters. Joshua Wong. Photo: Anthony … Continue reading “Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says ‘resistance will continue,’ after election ban”

Video: Hong Kong villagers resist eviction as demolition arrives in Wang Chau

Wang Chau villagers resisted eviction on Wednesday, driving out around 50 representatives sent from the Lands Department after they entered the villages on the official eviction date. The government plans to demolish the three Yuen Long villages to make way for a public housing estate. Lawmaker Eddie Chu acted as mediator between the Lands Department … Continue reading “Video: Hong Kong villagers resist eviction as demolition arrives in Wang Chau”

‘Not the end of the world’: democrats urge Hongkongers to fight on following mass disqualification

Hong Kong democrats barred from standing in September’s Legislative Council election have urged citizens to fight on, as they vowed to resist “blatant, relentless political oppression.” On Thursday, officers at the Electoral Affairs Commission informed the 12 election hopefuls that their nominations had been ruled invalid. The returning officers told the candidates their “intention” to … Continue reading “‘Not the end of the world’: democrats urge Hongkongers to fight on following mass disqualification”

Hong Kong bans Joshua Wong and 11 other pro-democracy figures from legislative election

By Kelly Ho, Tom Grundy and Jennifer Creery Joshua Wong and 11 other Hong Kong pro-democracy election hopefuls have been disqualified from running in the 2020 Legislative Council election. HKFP confirmed with Civic Party’s leader Alvin Yeung that his nomination was ruled as invalid by returning officers on Thursday. His colleagues Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki … Continue reading “Hong Kong bans Joshua Wong and 11 other pro-democracy figures from legislative election”

Hongkongers satisfaction with city’s political situation climbs 12%, as leader Carrie Lam’s popularity dips – poll

Hongkongers’ satisfaction with the political situation has leapt by 12 per cent in the past month as Beijing imposed controversial national security legislation on the city, according to a survey by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI). The jump to minus 70 per cent represented a record high since last May after public … Continue reading “Hongkongers satisfaction with city’s political situation climbs 12%, as leader Carrie Lam’s popularity dips – poll”

‘I love my home’: Hong Kong villagers drive out gov’t staff as Wang Chau evictions begin

Wang Chau villagers drove out government workers on Wednesday, after around 50 representatives from the Lands Department entered the Yuen Long villages in a bid to evict residents to make way for a planned public housing estate. Following a final eviction notice issued on July 16, government staff, subcontracted security guards and workers brought tools … Continue reading “‘I love my home’: Hong Kong villagers drive out gov’t staff as Wang Chau evictions begin”

The University of Hong Kong’s firing of protest organiser Benny Tai was a despot’s decision

Benny Tai Yiu-ting, sacked from his tenured position at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on Tuesday by a despotic cabal also known as “The Council”, now has nowhere to run and nowhere to turn. His options are zero.  It’s been a woeful and bitter week for him, for HKU, and for academic freedom in … Continue reading “The University of Hong Kong’s firing of protest organiser Benny Tai was a despot’s decision”

Student unions and NGOs raise alarm as Hong Kong rounds up activists under new security law

On Wednesday evening, police arrested four former members of the pro-independence group Studentlocalism on suspicion of inciting secession in the first major roundup of activists under the new national security law. Officers from the newly-established National Security Department detained three males and one female, aged 16-21, including 19-year-old ex-convenor Tony Chung, ex-spokesperson Ho Nok-hang, as … Continue reading “Student unions and NGOs raise alarm as Hong Kong rounds up activists under new security law”

Pro-independence student group leader arrested on suspicion of ‘inciting secession’ under Hong Kong’s security law

The convenor of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism has been arrested on the suspicion of inciting secession under the new national security law. Police arrested 19-year-old Tony Chung on Wednesday evening at his residence in Yuen Long and took him to Ma On Shan police station. Studentlocalism spokesperson Ho Nok-hang and member Yanni Ho were … Continue reading “Pro-independence student group leader arrested on suspicion of ‘inciting secession’ under Hong Kong’s security law”

In Pictures: Hongkongers dine on the roadside as city enacts toughest Covid-19 restrictions yet

Hong Kong enforced the most stringent round of anti-epidemic measures yet on Wednesday, in a bid to curb the third wave of coronavirus. Meanwhile, the city’s infection tally surpassed 3,000 as the chief executive urged citizens to remain at home. A man eats a takeaway meal on a chair placed outside a restaurant in the … Continue reading “In Pictures: Hongkongers dine on the roadside as city enacts toughest Covid-19 restrictions yet”

‘Poetic justice’: Beijing hails HKU’s dismissal of pro-democracy law prof. Benny Tai, as appeal filed

Beijing has backed the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) decision to fire pro-democracy activist and legal scholar Benny Tai for misconduct, hailing the move as a “poetic justice.” The tenured professor has appealed against his dismissal but said it would be a “futile” process. China’s liaison office in Hong Kong said in a statement on … Continue reading “‘Poetic justice’: Beijing hails HKU’s dismissal of pro-democracy law prof. Benny Tai, as appeal filed”

‘Thug-like’: Hong Kong democrat Ray Chan hits back against pro-Beijing lawmaker’s homophobic slur

Hong Kong democrat Ray Chan has responded to a homophobic slur against him from pro-Beijing lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung, calling him “thug-like” and setting a bad example for the public. In a Facebook live stream on Monday, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) lawmaker Kwok spoke about the People Power chairman. Chan had filed a … Continue reading “‘Thug-like’: Hong Kong democrat Ray Chan hits back against pro-Beijing lawmaker’s homophobic slur”

Black rubber-like crumbs wash ashore around Lantau’s Discovery Bay

Black rubber-like crumbs have washed ashore around Lantau’s Discovery Bay. Photo: Dana Winograd/Plastic Free Seas.Dana Winograd of NGO Plastic Free Seas told HKFP that she first heard reports of the pollution on Tuesday. She said she saw “odd-shaped piece of what I think is astroturf crumbs – rubber or tyre-like pieces of material. There’s a … Continue reading “Black rubber-like crumbs wash ashore around Lantau’s Discovery Bay”