In Pictures: ‘Thank you Hongkongers’ – Apple Daily’s printing presses come to a halt after 26 years

A bright red notice on Apple Daily’s mobile app tells subscribers that content will no longer be accessible after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. “Good luck, and goodbye,” it ended. Photo: Kenny Huang & Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.Although most photos in the app can no longer be displayed, the text of several articles published just before the news … Continue reading “In Pictures: ‘Thank you Hongkongers’ – Apple Daily’s printing presses come to a halt after 26 years”

Hong Kong’s human rights record worsened sharply in 2020 – database

Hong Kong ‘s human rights record worsened sharply between 2019 and 2020, according to a database compiled by an international team of researchers. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) released its findings on its online “rights tracker” database on Thursday. Photo: Tam Ming Keung/HKFP. HRMI, a global project that tracks the human rights performance of … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s human rights record worsened sharply in 2020 – database”

Thursday to be final edition of Apple Daily, as board forced to halt all Hong Kong operations

Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily has decided to halt all operations in the city, the board said in a statement on Wednesday. The decision was made on the same day an Apple Daily opinion writer was arrested under the security law. The last edition of the paper will be available on Thursday the paper … Continue reading “Thursday to be final edition of Apple Daily, as board forced to halt all Hong Kong operations”

First national security trial in Hong Kong begins as activist pleads not guilty

Hong Kong’s first-ever trial under the controversial, Beijing-imposed national security law has begun. Prosecutors opened the case by quoting a history scholar as saying the “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” slogan was used with an intention to separate the city from China. Defendant Tong Ying-kit, 24, appeared on Wednesday in front of High … Continue reading “First national security trial in Hong Kong begins as activist pleads not guilty”

Apple Daily opinion writer arrested by Hong Kong national security police – reports

Hong Kong national security police have reportedly arrested a 55-year-old Chinese man in connection with the Apple Daily newspaper investigation, on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces. Apple Daily’s edition on June 18, 2021, the day after police raided its office and arrested five senior executives of the newspaper under the national security law. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP. … Continue reading “Apple Daily opinion writer arrested by Hong Kong national security police – reports”

New Hong Kong police watchdog chief pledges to act ‘without bias’ and protect officers

The newly-appointed head of the Hong Kong police watchdog, Priscilla Wong, has said the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC)  will treat complaints against police fairly while it makes an effort to protect officers from false allegations. Priscilla Wong. File photo: GovHK.New IPCC chairperson Wong was speaking after chairing the first council meeting of her term on … Continue reading “New Hong Kong police watchdog chief pledges to act ‘without bias’ and protect officers”

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily limps towards the end of an era as newsroom suffers exodus of staff

Hong Kong’s only pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, is limping towards the end of its life pending a last-ditch attempt to have its seized assets unfrozen as insiders report a mass exodus of staff following an earlier company announcement that it might stop publishing as early as Saturday. The Apple Daily newsroom. File Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.On … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Apple Daily limps towards the end of an era as newsroom suffers exodus of staff”

Hong Kong leader places national security law onus on journalists; says media must not subvert gov’t

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam says journalists should “be in a position” to decide for themselves if they are breaking the law in the course of their work as press freedom fears intensified in the city amid the impending closure of its only pro-democracy print newspaper, Apple Daily. In response to a question in … Continue reading “Hong Kong leader places national security law onus on journalists; says media must not subvert gov’t”

Hong Kong court grants bail to activist Owen Chow pending national security trial

A Hong Kong court has approved the latest bail application from pro-democracy activist Owen Chow, who is among a group of 47 charged with subversion under the Beijing-imposed national security law. The 24-year-old, who has been detained for almost four months, appeared in front of High Court judge Esther Toh on Tuesday. Chow became the … Continue reading “Hong Kong court grants bail to activist Owen Chow pending national security trial”

Hong Kong must also pass its own security legislation to ‘plug loopholes,’ says security chief

Hong Kong’s government is actively studying new legislation to plug “loopholes” in the existing national security law or even strengthen it, the city’s secretary chief has said, almost a year after the sweeping Beijing-imposed legislation came into force. In an interview with Sing Tao published on Monday, Secretary for Security John Lee said Article 23 … Continue reading “Hong Kong must also pass its own security legislation to ‘plug loopholes,’ says security chief”

Covid-19: Hong Kong gov’t to relax social distancing rules, ease quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

Hong Kong has announced a significant easing of its coronavirus rules, including a cut in compulsory quarantine periods for travellers, as the city passed its 14th day without any local infections. But Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Monday the four-person limit on outdoor gatherings would stay, although she denied the intention was to suppress protests. … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong gov’t to relax social distancing rules, ease quarantine for vaccinated arrivals”

BREAKING: Hong Kong’s Apple Daily may halt publication this Sat, pending Fri board meeting

Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy print newspaper Apple Daily says it could stop publishing on Saturday, if the government continues to keep its assets frozen after arresting five executives under the Beijing-imposed national security law. The tabloid said management of Next Digital, the newspaper’s parent company, will decide on Friday whether to continue publishing the 26-year-old … Continue reading “BREAKING: Hong Kong’s Apple Daily may halt publication this Sat, pending Fri board meeting”

11 more district councillors quit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Civic Party

Eleven more district councillors have quit Hong Kong’s Civic Party, leaving only five of their colleagues remaining in the pro-democracy group, as councillors come under pressure from a new oath-taking law intended to weed out “unpatriotic” politicians. The Chairman of Tsuen Wan District Council Sumly Chan, the Vice Chairman of Yau Tsim Mong District Council … Continue reading “11 more district councillors quit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Civic Party”

Embattled democracy coalition cancels Hong Kong’s annual July 1 march; will discuss disbanding

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest coalition has said that they will not organise this year’s July 1 protest, citing administrative difficulties and the city’s political environment. Chung Chung-fai, temporary convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), told HKFP on Sunday that the coalition decided not to organise the traditional annual protest on the 24th anniversary … Continue reading “Embattled democracy coalition cancels Hong Kong’s annual July 1 march; will discuss disbanding”

Taiwan pulls trade office staff over Hong Kong ultimatum

Taiwan said seven employees of its trade office in Hong Kong left the financial hub on Sunday after authorities there demanded they sign a pledge recognising China’s sovereignty over the self-ruled island. The move comes after both Hong Kong and Macau closed their trade offices in Taipei and as Beijing seeks to pile diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan. Photo: Uming Photography, … Continue reading “Taiwan pulls trade office staff over Hong Kong ultimatum”

How sending children to jail slipped on to the Hong Kong legal agenda

Hello, what is this? Headline in the Hong Kong Standard: “Age of young offenders not most critical factor, magistrates told”. The ensuing story relates that magistrates were told at a workshop that “providing an opportunity to rehabilitate does not mean that a defendant’s age can override other sentencing principles,” and so on for several paragraphs, … Continue reading “How sending children to jail slipped on to the Hong Kong legal agenda”

‘When in doubt, take a walk:’ artist Sampson Wong seeks beauty in Hong Kong’s urban jungle

Not too many Hongkongers spare a glance at their everyday surroundings as they get on with their lives, but academic and artist Sampson Wong wants them to discover the beauty lurking behind the concrete jungle of their neighbourhoods. Wong, along with photojournalist Eric Tsang, created a YouTube channel entitled When in Doubt, Take a Walk … Continue reading “‘When in doubt, take a walk:’ artist Sampson Wong seeks beauty in Hong Kong’s urban jungle”

Pandemic sparks surge in Hong Kong ‘devil’s breath’ cash druggings

by Jerome Taylor A spiked drink, a puff of dust, missing memories, and an empty bank account. Hong Kong’s entertainment district Wanchai has been battered by a coronavirus driven collapse in tourism and as times get desperate, several men have seen their night out turn into a nightmare. In this slow shutter picture taken on … Continue reading “Pandemic sparks surge in Hong Kong ‘devil’s breath’ cash druggings”

Hong Kong’s Gay Games success blighted by obsession with sex

I am endlessly amazed by the assumption of homophobes that same sex relationships are more attractive than cross sex relationships to the extent that any relaxation of official discrimination against LBGTQ+ people will lead to a flood of straight people opting to change their sexual orientation. Moreover they seem to be obsessed by the purely … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Gay Games success blighted by obsession with sex”

HKFP Guide: How to apply for Hong Kong’s new HK$5,000 spending vouchers

Officials have designated four electronic payments providers to dole out consumption-boosting vouchers: Octopus Hong Kong, AliPayHK, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK. The distribution methods vary between Octopus and the latter three e-payment methods. Registration for the scheme opens on July 4. Photo: RTHK Screenshot.Here’s everything you need to know about getting the vouchers … Continue reading “HKFP Guide: How to apply for Hong Kong’s new HK$5,000 spending vouchers”

‘Listen to the party’: Chinese cities deck out in slogans for anniversary

China is ramping up a propaganda blitz ahead of the 100th birthday of the ruling Communist Party, with banners and billboards around the country reminding citizens to live a “civilised” life and obey authorities. The world’s second-largest economy has been lauding its achievements in the weeks leading up to July 1, which marks the centenary … Continue reading “‘Listen to the party’: Chinese cities deck out in slogans for anniversary”

Hong Kong’s RTHK fires popular pro-democracy radio host Tsang Chi-ho

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK has fired a pro-democracy radio host as part of what it says are plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of its radio channels. Tsang Chi-ho, former host of RTHK satire show Headliner, was told that he was fired from the RTHK Radio 2 talk show after he came … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s RTHK fires popular pro-democracy radio host Tsang Chi-ho”

Five guilty of rioting over ‘devil-like’ 2019 Yuen Long mob attack

Five men accused of attacking protesters and commuters at a Hong Kong metro station in 2019 have been convicted of rioting and wounding offences, while a sixth defendant was cleared of wrongdoing during a landmark outbreak of violence during that year’s anti-government protests. The wife of defendant Tang Ying-bun (right). Photo: Selina Cheng/HKFP.Anthony Chau, senior assistant director of … Continue reading “Five guilty of rioting over ‘devil-like’ 2019 Yuen Long mob attack”

Two senior execs at Hong Kong’s Apple Daily formally charged with national security ‘conspiracy’

Two senior executives from the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily have been formally charged with what the Hong Kong police have described as a “conspiracy to endanger national security.” In a statement released on Friday, the police said that two men – aged 47 and 59 – had been charged with colluding with foreign forces to … Continue reading “Two senior execs at Hong Kong’s Apple Daily formally charged with national security ‘conspiracy’”

Hong Kong readers snap up Apple Daily in show of solidarity following national security arrests and newsroom raid

Hongkongers have cleared the shelves of local pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, a day after police raided its newsroom and arrested five senior executives on suspicion of breaching the Beijing-enacted national security law. It is the second time in less than a year that the publication has been at the centre of a mass-buying display of … Continue reading “Hong Kong readers snap up Apple Daily in show of solidarity following national security arrests and newsroom raid”

Inside Apple Daily: Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy daily prints 500,000 copies despite raid, seizures and arrests

Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily continued its operations and printed 500,000 copies of Friday’s paper after its headquarters were raided by the police and five senior executives were arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law. Apple Daily‘s Friday newspaper. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.The tabloid said that at least 44 computers and hard disks … Continue reading “Inside Apple Daily: Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy daily prints 500,000 copies despite raid, seizures and arrests”

Hong Kong set to block public from accessing full info on company directors as critics fear increase in fraud

Controversial changes to Hong Kong’s company law which will allow directors to obscure their identities will come into force from August, despite criticism that the eased regulations could encourage fraud in Asia’s leading financial centre. Home addresses and partial personal identification numbers of directors and secretaries will be designated “masked” in corporate records, meaning only … Continue reading “Hong Kong set to block public from accessing full info on company directors as critics fear increase in fraud”

‘An act of justice’: Beijing hails arrest of 5 senior Apple Daily staff under security law

China has hailed the arrest of five executives from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily as “an act of justice,” after police detained them on Thursday for allegedly breaching the national security law. Beijing’s Liaison Office in the city said it “resolutely supported” the arrest of the five directors and the freezing of HK$18 million … Continue reading “‘An act of justice’: Beijing hails arrest of 5 senior Apple Daily staff under security law”

Strife among local and expat pilots as Hong Kong Immigration leaves work visas hanging

Nearly 300 expatriate pilots working for Cathay Pacific and other airlines in Hong Kong have been waiting for months to hear whether their work permits will be renewed, raising fears they may have to leave the city they once called home. Local pilots made redundant when the flag carrier’s subsidiary Cathay Dragon collapsed last October … Continue reading “Strife among local and expat pilots as Hong Kong Immigration leaves work visas hanging”

‘Cut ties with these criminals’: Hong Kong security chief warns reporters to shun Apple Daily detainees after raid

Hong Kong’s security chief accused pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily of using journalism as a tool to endanger national security and warned fellow journalists to shun five arrested executives, following a raid on the newsroom by hundreds of police. Otherwise, said Secretary for Security John Lee, they could pay a “hefty price.” Apple Daily journalists vowed … Continue reading “‘Cut ties with these criminals’: Hong Kong security chief warns reporters to shun Apple Daily detainees after raid”

BREAKING: Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily office, editor-in-chief among 5 arrested under national security law

Hong Kong police raided the headquarters of local pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and arrested five senior executives on Thursday morning on suspicion of violating the Beijing-imposed national security law. Dozens of Hong Kong police enter Apple Daily’s headquarters in Tseung Kwan O on June 17, 2021. Photo: Apple Daily. Police said on Thursday that four … Continue reading “BREAKING: Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily office, editor-in-chief among 5 arrested under national security law”

Hong Kong gov’t considers further limiting no. of legal aid cases a lawyer can accept

The Hong Kong government has begun its review of the legal aid mechanism after pro-establishment lawmakers questioned whether some lawyers had disproportionately profited from it. The review would be completed in three to four months’ time, with the government looking into further restricting the number of legal aid cases a lawyer can accept each year, … Continue reading “Hong Kong gov’t considers further limiting no. of legal aid cases a lawyer can accept”

In Pictures: Hongkongers gather to mark two years since protester’s death, ignoring police warnings

Hundreds of mostly black-clad Hongkongers gathered and laid flowers outside a mall in Admiralty on Tuesday evening to pay tribute to a pro-democracy protester on the second anniversary of his death. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.Marco Leung, passed away after falling from a platform outside the Pacific Place mall in Admiralty last June 15. The 35-year-old had … Continue reading “In Pictures: Hongkongers gather to mark two years since protester’s death, ignoring police warnings”

‘We have more stability’: Alibaba co-founder says security law needed as Hong Kong was lost in Opium War

Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai has said that Hong Kong needed a security law because it used to be a colony and was lost to Britain during the 1800s. The executive vice-chair of the Chinese tech giant also told CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday that he was afraid to walk on the street during the 2019 … Continue reading “‘We have more stability’: Alibaba co-founder says security law needed as Hong Kong was lost in Opium War”

Does Hong Kong’s senior counsel plan signal a troubled Justice Department?

The Secretary for Justice proposes that lawyers in her department should be able to become senior counsel, even if they are not junior counsel – the change of title to last only as long as they remain in the department’s employ. Cue disturbed noises from lawyers. What is going on here? To understand what appears … Continue reading “Does Hong Kong’s senior counsel plan signal a troubled Justice Department?”

Leader Carrie Lam says Hongkongers must defend leadership of China’s Communist Party

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended comments made by Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong, that people who advocate an “end to one party rule” in mainland China pose a threat to “one country, two systems.” Hong Kong people need to defend the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and respect the country’s constitution … Continue reading “Leader Carrie Lam says Hongkongers must defend leadership of China’s Communist Party”

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai could face life in prison as security law trial moved to higher court

Pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai is to stand trial on national security charges in Hong Kong’s High Court, where the maximum penalty is life imprisonment. The 73-year-old Apple Daily founder, who is currently serving 20 months behind bars for his role in three unauthorised protests in 2019, appeared before Chief Magistrate Victor So on Tuesday … Continue reading “Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai could face life in prison as security law trial moved to higher court”

Lawmakers comments on 2022 Gay Games ‘much regretted,’ says Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has voiced her support for the city’s 2022 Gay Games (GGHK), saying she “does not condone” divisive comments made by lawmakers in the legislature last week when they described the games as “disgraceful.” “Our position on the Gay Games is we understand the purpose of these games is to promote … Continue reading “Lawmakers comments on 2022 Gay Games ‘much regretted,’ says Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam”

HKFP Lens: Winner of Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize shines light on the plight of refugees

A video artwork entitled “Green Screen” by Terence Li has won the 2021 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, an event hosted by the Justice Centre and the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau. Terence Li, Green Walls. Photo: Justice Centre. Terence Li, proclaimed winner on June 8, submitted an 11-minute video set … Continue reading “HKFP Lens: Winner of Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize shines light on the plight of refugees”

Don’t judge Hong Kong judges – at least not all the time

We are urged by the Chief Justice not to level personal attacks on judges who make decisions we disagree with, a request with which I have no quarrel. His Lordship also points out, correctly, that many complaints about judges come from people who disagree with the result in a particular case. Well sometimes the results … Continue reading “Don’t judge Hong Kong judges – at least not all the time”

Investigation: HK$500 fine after Hong Kong landowner cleared trees in Lantau country park

The government has handed down a HK$500 fine after trees were illegally removed next to an expansive private plot in a Hong Kong country park. The penalty came 16 months after villagers and activists first reported land clearing activities to the authorities. Photo: Google Earth Pro compilation.In January 2020, villagers living near Pui O and … Continue reading “Investigation: HK$500 fine after Hong Kong landowner cleared trees in Lantau country park”

Damp squib, not a smoking gun: how Hong Kong conspiracy theorists distorted a research project

Some time back in around 2015, five researchers from, respectively, Harvard, the London School of Economics, the University of New South Wales (disclosure: my alma mater), the University of Chicago and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich got together. They were interested in the dynamics of political protest movements and directed their attention to Hong Kong. … Continue reading “Damp squib, not a smoking gun: how Hong Kong conspiracy theorists distorted a research project”

From street-side slaughter to hipster haven: Re-making the oldest wet market in Hong Kong

Photo: Adam Wright/HKFP. The oldest market in Hong Kong snakes down Graham Street in Central district, a riotous sensory overload of colours and aromas.  When it was established around 160 years ago, the British colony of Hong Kong was less than 20 years old. The wet market’s starting point on Queen’s Road was not much … Continue reading “From street-side slaughter to hipster haven: Re-making the oldest wet market in Hong Kong”

If Hong Kong universities want to keep politics off campus, maybe the purge should start at the top?

As they sink slowly down the international rankings our local universities seem to have increasing problems with their student unions. This is suspicious. I had better declare a sort of interest here. Many years ago when I was the head of a department in a local university it became known that I planned to appoint … Continue reading “If Hong Kong universities want to keep politics off campus, maybe the purge should start at the top?”

Hundreds of Hong Kong police block streets, search passers-by to thwart plans for anniversary protest

Hundreds of police deployed in Hong Kong, setting up roadblocks at cross-harbour tunnels and cordoning off streets, to thwart expected protests on the anniversary of the first major clash of the 2019 protests. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.On June 12, 2019, police used tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds against protesters who blocked major roads … Continue reading “Hundreds of Hong Kong police block streets, search passers-by to thwart plans for anniversary protest”

June 12 two years on: Why Hongkongers’ collective memory and spirit of resistance endures

For many Hongkongers and people watching around the world, June 12, 2019 marked the beginning of the city’s bitter resistance against authoritarianism – first against the extradition bill that would have eroded political and judicial freedoms and later against rampant police brutality, and a regime that resorts to violence and cannot be held accountable. On … Continue reading “June 12 two years on: Why Hongkongers’ collective memory and spirit of resistance endures”

Hijacking the truth: how repressive governments worldwide cracked down on press freedom

The last month has witnessed a variety of attacks on the free press – including what was seen as a state-sponsored hijacking – by governments going to great lengths to punish journalists for their work. According to Reporters Without Borders, 439 journalists were imprisoned as early June, up from 430 at the time of my … Continue reading “Hijacking the truth: how repressive governments worldwide cracked down on press freedom”

Interview: Green is the colour for Taiwan’s pioneering ‘weed lawyer’

With her dyed green hair and a passion for weed, Zoe Lee is not a typical Taiwanese lawyer. Running her own law firm and an award-winning podcast, the 32-year-old has made a name for herself pushing for the legalisation of marijuana in Taiwan. “I was always really interested in cannabis, since I was in school. … Continue reading “Interview: Green is the colour for Taiwan’s pioneering ‘weed lawyer’”

‘Doubtless threat’: Democrats and filmmakers slam Hong Kong’s new film censorship rules

Filmmakers and democrats have expressed concern over the government’s new censorship guidelines directing censors to ban films showing on national security grounds, saying the new rules may prompt Hong Kong’s film industry to self-censor and could deter investment. The government introduced new amendments to the Film Censorship Ordinance on Friday morning to ensure censors strike … Continue reading “‘Doubtless threat’: Democrats and filmmakers slam Hong Kong’s new film censorship rules”

Hong Kong police arrest two student activists ahead of protest anniversary over street booth

Hong Kong police have arrested two student activists in connection with activities scheduled for Saturday, when the city marks two years since police and pro-democracy protesters clashed violently outside the government headquarters. Activist group Student Politicism said on Friday that its convenor Wong Yat-chin, 20, and spokesperson Alice Wong, 19, were picked up by police. … Continue reading “Hong Kong police arrest two student activists ahead of protest anniversary over street booth”