Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group disbands following pressure from authorities

The group behind Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil has decided to disband after 32 years following a vote at a special meeting on Saturday. It comes after months of pressure from the authorities and the arrest of the group’s leadership. Richard Tsoi voted to hold the special general meeting of the Alliance on September … Continue reading “Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group disbands following pressure from authorities”

The M&Ms threat to China: Why Hong Kong authorities’ paranoia over political prisoners is not a good look

Some interesting news is leaking out of local prisons, followed by lurid reactions from officials and their supporters. The actual event occurred in a women’s prison at Lo Wu. The wardens staged a surprise raid on some inmates’ cells, and discovered some “prohibited items”. Police take away boxes of materials from Student Politicism’s storage unit … Continue reading “The M&Ms threat to China: Why Hong Kong authorities’ paranoia over political prisoners is not a good look”

The never-ending sentence of Vo Van Hung, the Vietnamese refugee stuck behind bars in Hong Kong

Vo Van Hung has lived behind bars for 27 years, ever since he was 15 years old. A Vietnamese refugee, Vo killed a man in a Hong Kong refugee camp. He was convicted and finished serving his time in 2016. Yet now, five years later, he’s yet to taste freedom, caught up in a nightmare … Continue reading “The never-ending sentence of Vo Van Hung, the Vietnamese refugee stuck behind bars in Hong Kong”

BREAKING: Two Canadians released by China and headed home after Huawei exec. freed

Two Canadians imprisoned in what China’s Western critics branded “hostage diplomacy” were headed home Friday after being released, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. The pair — former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor — had “left Chinese airspace, and they’re on their way home,” he told a news conference in Ottawa. Michael Kovrig and … Continue reading “BREAKING: Two Canadians released by China and headed home after Huawei exec. freed”

Chinese label pulls clothing line over ‘inappropriate’ designs

A Chinese fashion label has pulled a children’s clothing line and apologised after consumer complaints surfaced about prints that contained references to racial violence and suggestive phrases including “let me touch you”. The designs by JNBY, widely shared on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, prompted outrage and criticism among users who said that the designs were … Continue reading “Chinese label pulls clothing line over ‘inappropriate’ designs”

Three University of Hong Kong student leaders granted bail pending ‘terrorism’ trial

A Hong Kong court has granted bail to three student leaders accused of a terrorism offence under the national security law over expressions of sympathy for a man who stabbed a police officer. The High Court on Friday granted bail to University of Hong Kong (HKU) students Charles Kwok, Chris Todorovski and Kinson Cheung, who … Continue reading “Three University of Hong Kong student leaders granted bail pending ‘terrorism’ trial”

Covid-19: Hong Kong to update vaccination records for int’l recognition, new vaccine centres at hospitals

Hongkongers will be able to update their Covid-19 vaccination records to include date of birth, sex, and the manufacturer of the dose from next Wednesday. The changes come after the UK announced new travel regulations as of October 4, requiring a date of birth on records. The updates will be available for both electronic and … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong to update vaccination records for int’l recognition, new vaccine centres at hospitals”

Hong Kong Democratic Party says it will stay relevant to voters regardless of election stance, calls for universal suffrage

Hong Kong’s Democratic Party has set out a wide-ranging policy programme on the eve of a vote about whether to contest upcoming elections, saying the party will stay relevant to voters whatever its members decide. The Legislative Council polls in December will be held under a Beijing-decreed election overhaul sharply reducing democratic representation. A pro-Beijing … Continue reading “Hong Kong Democratic Party says it will stay relevant to voters regardless of election stance, calls for universal suffrage”

24 Chinese jets fly near Taiwan as Beijing opposes island’s trade deal bid

China voiced opposition on Thursday to Taiwan joining a major trans-Pacific trade deal as it flew 24 planes including two nuclear-capable bombers into the self-ruled island’s air defence zone, the biggest incursion in weeks, Taiwanese officials said. 19 PLA aircraft (J-16*12, Y-8 ASW*2, H-6*2, Y-8 EW and J-11*2) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ in the morning … Continue reading “24 Chinese jets fly near Taiwan as Beijing opposes island’s trade deal bid”

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group leader urges members to vote against disbanding in message from prison

A key member of the alliance which organised Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil has sent a message from prison objecting to its disbandment after two others linked to the group and also serving jail sentences called for the shutdown. The administrator of Chow Hang-tung’s Facebook page posted a letter from Chow, the vice-chairperson of … Continue reading “Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group leader urges members to vote against disbanding in message from prison”

British parliamentarians launch ‘full inquiry’ into whether UK banks in Hong Kong suppressed human rights

A group of British lawmakers are launching a “full international inquiry” into British banks in Hong Kong to establish whether some may have contributed to “suppression” in the city. A HSBC branch in Mong Kok. Photo: GovHK. The inquiry aims to investigate whether any UK banks operating in the city have contributed to “suppression by … Continue reading “British parliamentarians launch ‘full inquiry’ into whether UK banks in Hong Kong suppressed human rights”

Hong Kong security law: 47 democrats await trial over unofficial election, as case adjourned to Nov

Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures facing national security charges will spend several more months in custody, after a proceeding to commit the case to a higher court was adjourned to late November. The 47 defendants, most of whom have been detained for close to seven months, returned to West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday. … Continue reading “Hong Kong security law: 47 democrats await trial over unofficial election, as case adjourned to Nov”

Hong Kong court denies bail to 19-year-old student leader over national security charge

A Hong Kong court has denied bail to a student leader after she was accused of conspiring to incite subversion under the Beijing-imposed national security law. The spokesperson for activist group Student Politicism, Alice Wong, appeared at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts in front of Acting Chief Magistrate Peter Law on Thursday. West Kowloon Magistrates … Continue reading “Hong Kong court denies bail to 19-year-old student leader over national security charge”

Security chief warns Hongkongers against ‘secession’ ahead of Taiwan’s national day

Do not attempt to separate Taiwan from China or commit secession on “Double Ten Day,” Hong Kong’s head of the Security Bureau warned in an interview published on Thursday. Secretary for Security Chris Tang said in a Singtao Daily interview that he was aware that there might be “serious violations of the law” on October … Continue reading “Security chief warns Hongkongers against ‘secession’ ahead of Taiwan’s national day”

Hong Kong group supporting human rights lawyers in China is latest to disband amid police pressure

A Hong Kong group which supported human rights lawyers in mainland China has announced it is in the process of disbanding after it received a police data request at the end of last month. The China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG) is the latest civil society group to fold in recent months, amid increased … Continue reading “Hong Kong group supporting human rights lawyers in China is latest to disband amid police pressure”

HKFP Lens: RTHK’s ETV – exploring Hong Kong’s abandoned TV centre

Perched at the foot of Hong Kong’s Lion Rock for about half a century, Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK’s Educational Television Centre (ETV Centre) will soon be demolished following its sale to private developers. Photo: Hong Kong Reminiscence via Facebook.Built in 1971 by famed architect Eric Cumine, the studio produced programmes for the city’s now-defunct ETV … Continue reading “HKFP Lens: RTHK’s ETV – exploring Hong Kong’s abandoned TV centre”

Hong Kong’s small-circle election: an incompetent, predictable farce

Giving farce a bad name is rarely a good idea, and it gets a lot worse when the farce is designed to give legitimacy to a process designed to achieve representative government. Sunday’s election to fill less just over a quarter of the seats for membership of the Election Committee, there were just 4,380 voters … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s small-circle election: an incompetent, predictable farce”

Explainer: How Hong Kong plans a series of new laws to further tighten its grip

Fourteen months after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on Hong Kong, the city’s government and pro-establishment lawmakers are planning several new laws to plug what they see as loopholes in the Basic Law, or constitution. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her government could make “bold proposals” because the legislature had largely returned to normal … Continue reading “Explainer: How Hong Kong plans a series of new laws to further tighten its grip”

Iron curtain falls on Hong Kong cinema as censors demand cuts

By Su Xinqi and Yan Zhao Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong’s film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle — Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere. Filmmaker Mok Kwan-ling’s heart sank when the email from the government censors dropped. Journalist and filmmaker Mok Kwan-ling … Continue reading “Iron curtain falls on Hong Kong cinema as censors demand cuts”

Chief Exec. Lam hails Sunday polls, says Hong Kong will not ban ‘patriots critical of gov’t’ from elections

A “patriot” who is critical of the Hong Kong government will not be barred from standing in local elections, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said. Her remarks came after only one non-pro-establishment candidate was elected in Sunday’s small-circle election committee race. The Hong Kong leader was met with questions on Tuesday about the first-ever polls … Continue reading “Chief Exec. Lam hails Sunday polls, says Hong Kong will not ban ‘patriots critical of gov’t’ from elections”

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says developers ‘willing to cooperate’ on housing, but researchers say current schemes ‘negligible’

Hong Kong’s property tycoons have been “more willing to cooperate” with the government’s housing development policies, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday. “In fact, if you ask for my personal experience over the recent years, as I was Secretary for Development – and also had dealt with developers – I think nowadays they are … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says developers ‘willing to cooperate’ on housing, but researchers say current schemes ‘negligible’”

Patriots in, democrats out as Hong Kong enters new political era

The first of the three “patriots only” elections under Hong Kong’s new political system was held on the same day the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the city’s largest independent labour grouping, announced plans to disband. Sunday’s Election Committee election was the result of a sweeping China-mandated revamp of the system which had been … Continue reading “Patriots in, democrats out as Hong Kong enters new political era”

Jailed Hong Kong democrats sign letter urging Tiananmen vigil group to disband

Two jailed pro-democracy figures linked to the embattled group behind the annual Tiananmen Massacre vigils have urged its members to vote to disband at a special meeting this Saturday. Identical, typed letters separately signed by veteran activists Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho Chun-yan were disclosed on Monday by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of … Continue reading “Jailed Hong Kong democrats sign letter urging Tiananmen vigil group to disband”

Radio 3 host Hugh Chiverton disappears from airwaves, RTHK refuses to comment

RTHK has refused to comment on the whereabouts of its English-language radio presenter Hugh Chiverton after he disappeared from the airwaves without explanation over two weeks ago. He last hosted the Backchat morning show on RTHK 3 on September 3. However, the episode remains missing from the online archive. Hugh Chiverton. Photo: RTHK screenshot.The topic … Continue reading “Radio 3 host Hugh Chiverton disappears from airwaves, RTHK refuses to comment”

Hong Kong democrat Roy Tam was denied bail after prosecutors cited ‘anti-gov’t’ stance, court docs reveal

A democrat charged under the national security law was denied bail after prosecutors alleged that he “persistently reiterated” his stance against the Hong Kong government, the police and the national security law, court documents reveal. The judiciary on Monday published the reasons why High Court Judge Esther Toh denied bail to Roy Tam, one of … Continue reading “Hong Kong democrat Roy Tam was denied bail after prosecutors cited ‘anti-gov’t’ stance, court docs reveal”

Hong Kong students held for ‘inciting subversion,’ accused of providing M&Ms for prisoners and of urging people to shun gov’t Covid app

Three Hong Kong student leaders, aged 18 to 20, have been arrested under the national security law for allegedly conspiring to incite subversion, partly because they allegedly attempted to recruit “like-minded people” in prison by providing gifts such as chocolate. The three members of Student Politicism, including convenor Wong Yat-chin and secretary general Chan Chi-sum, … Continue reading “Hong Kong students held for ‘inciting subversion,’ accused of providing M&Ms for prisoners and of urging people to shun gov’t Covid app”

Hong Kong national security police arrest student group leaders

Hong Kong national security police have arrested at least two leaders of a pro-democracy student group, amid a major crackdown on opposition groups. Student Politicism said on Monday that its convenor Wong Yat-chin and secretary general Chan Chi-sum were detained by officers from the police national security unit at 6.40 a.m. The group told HKFP … Continue reading “Hong Kong national security police arrest student group leaders”

In Pictures: 4,380 Hong Kong ‘patriots’ select powerful election committee, as ballot counting delayed by glitches

Vote counting in Hong Kong’s small-circle election committee race closed at 7.30 a.m. on Monday, over 11 hours after polls closed due to “human errors” and glitches. Sunday’s polls were the first since Beijing imposed an electoral revamp in March. A total of 4,380 of the city’s 4,800 eligible elites cast their ballot, whilst over … Continue reading “In Pictures: 4,380 Hong Kong ‘patriots’ select powerful election committee, as ballot counting delayed by glitches”

Explainer: How the narrative shifted among Hong Kong leaders on the Tiananmen massacre

The group which for decades helped Hongkongers remember the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre is on the verge of disbanding as its leaders face trial on national security charges. But as recently as two years ago, the city’s leader was citing the candlelight vigil – which it organised – as a symbol of Hong Kong’s enduring freedoms. … Continue reading “Explainer: How the narrative shifted among Hong Kong leaders on the Tiananmen massacre”

Hong Kong elite selects powerful new ‘patriots only’ committee – voters reduced to 4,800, as 6,000 police deployed

by Yan Zhao and Su Xinqi Hong Kong’s political elite began selecting a powerful committee on Sunday which will choose the city’s next leader and nearly half the legislature under a new “patriots only” system imposed by Beijing. The financial hub has never been a democracy — the source of years of protests — but … Continue reading “Hong Kong elite selects powerful new ‘patriots only’ committee – voters reduced to 4,800, as 6,000 police deployed”

‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as pandemic sparks huge demand

By Amber Wang and AFP reporters In an industrial unit on the outskirts of Taipei chefs are plating meals that will never be served in a restaurant: welcome to the world of “ghost kitchens”. Even before the pandemic sent an earthquake through the global restaurant trade, the “Amazonification” of commercial kitchens was well underway, but … Continue reading “‘Ghost kitchens’ boom in Asia as pandemic sparks huge demand”

Barely a democrat in sight as Hong Kong ushers in new political era on Sunday

Hong Kong, for now, is a tale of two cities. In one part of town, demolition work has moved into high gear as the police and the courts proceed to dismantle the old order with its democracy movement counter-current. The old order can now be defined as the first two decades of post-colonial rule, when … Continue reading “Barely a democrat in sight as Hong Kong ushers in new political era on Sunday”

Exclusive: Hongkongers are on the right side of history, says artist Ai Weiwei – ‘I amvery proud of them’

Hong Kong artists can still find ways to express themselves despite the challenges posed by growing political censorship, leading Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei believes. After years of delay, the city is set to open its M+ museum, touted as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, on November 12 as part of the … Continue reading “Exclusive: Hongkongers are on the right side of history, says artist Ai Weiwei – ‘I amvery proud of them’”

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions in process of disbanding, vice-chair confirms

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy trade union coalition is in the process of disbanding, its vice chairperson has told HKFP, becoming the latest civil society group to fold in the face of an intensified government crackdown. Leo Tang of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions on Friday confirmed the group had begun disbandment procedures, but said … Continue reading “Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions in process of disbanding, vice-chair confirms”

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre group vanishes from internet after police demand; 11 years of Victoria Park vigil vids deleted

The group behind Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil deleted its online presence and archives on Thursday night following a police order. The 2017 Tiananmen Massacre vigil in Victoria Park. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said on Thursday that the group, seven of its standing committee … Continue reading “Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre group vanishes from internet after police demand; 11 years of Victoria Park vigil vids deleted”

Covid-19: Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip gets BioNTech jab after no antibodies detected from Sinovac vaccines

Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip has received a dose of the German-developed BioNTech vaccine after finding that no Covid antibodies were detected from her two jabs with the Chinese-made Sinovac some six months ago. Ip, a member of both the Legislative and Executive Councils, tested negative for coronavirus antibodies earlier this week. She said on … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip gets BioNTech jab after no antibodies detected from Sinovac vaccines”

Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ray Chan released on HK$100k bail ahead of security law trial

Ex-lawmaker Ray Chan was granted bail by the High Court on Thursday after being held in custody ahead of his national security trial for over half a year. The ex-People Power legislator was among 47 people charged under the national security law in January for allegedly conspiring to commit subversion after taking part in an … Continue reading “Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ray Chan released on HK$100k bail ahead of security law trial”

Security law: Hong Kong police order Tiananmen Massacre vigil group to delete online content

The organiser of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil has been ordered by the police to remove all “online platform information.” The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said on Thursday that the group, seven of its standing committee members, and the company secretary received letters from the Commissioner of … Continue reading “Security law: Hong Kong police order Tiananmen Massacre vigil group to delete online content”

Hong Kong gov’t ousts 7 elected pro-democracy district councillors over ‘invalid’ loyalty oaths

Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillors have lost their seats, after the government ruled their oaths to bear allegiance to the city and uphold the Basic Law were “invalid.” The government announced on Wednesday evening that seven of the 24 district council members who pledged allegiance last Friday had made “invalid oaths.” They included Clarisse … Continue reading “Hong Kong gov’t ousts 7 elected pro-democracy district councillors over ‘invalid’ loyalty oaths”

Interview: Being in Hong Kong inspires me creatively, says singer-songwriter-producer Cehryl

Multi-talented singer-songwriter-producer Cehryl is set to appear with a full band at Clockenflap’s day-long mini-festival in the heart of the city this Saturday. The Hong Kong-born singer holds a unique place in the local music scene with her dreamy, reflective, genre-bending beats. The 25-year-old moved back home in 2019 after studying music and performing in … Continue reading “Interview: Being in Hong Kong inspires me creatively, says singer-songwriter-producer Cehryl”

Hong Kong mulls polling booths at quarantine centres during Dec elections, but no voting stations on mainland

The Hong Kong government may set up polling booths at one of the city’s quarantine centres to facility voting in the upcoming legislative elections for those under quarantine, a minister has said. Erick Tsang. Photo: LegCo screenshot. During a Legislative Council session on Wednesday, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang told lawmakers that … Continue reading “Hong Kong mulls polling booths at quarantine centres during Dec elections, but no voting stations on mainland”

Hong Kong press group says security chief request for funding info would be illegal, urges him to stop airing ‘false’ claims

The security chief’s suggestion that the city’s leading press group could make public its members’ information may be in violation of the Privacy Ordinance, the head of Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said on Wednesday. Ronson Chan, chair of the association, was responding to “doubts” from Secretary for Security Chris Tang over the HKJA’s professionalism … Continue reading “Hong Kong press group says security chief request for funding info would be illegal, urges him to stop airing ‘false’ claims”

BREAKING: Top Hong Kong democrats sentenced over banned 2020 Tiananmen Massacre vigil

Twelve Hong Kong democrats have been handed suspended and jail sentences after pleading guilty to knowingly participating in, or inciting others to take part in, a banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil last year. Former vice-chair of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China Albert Ho, ex-lawmakers Andrew Wan, Cheung Man-kwong, Cyd … Continue reading “BREAKING: Top Hong Kong democrats sentenced over banned 2020 Tiananmen Massacre vigil”

Exclusive: Hong Kong Gay Games postponed due to Covid travel restrictions

The Hong Kong Gay Games have been postponed until November 2023 in view of the current coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions, its organisers have told HKFP. The games, the first to be held in Asia, were originally set to take place next November. Opening ceremony of Gay Games 9. Photo: Koji Kawano via Flickr. Hong … Continue reading “Exclusive: Hong Kong Gay Games postponed due to Covid travel restrictions”

‘Factually wrong’: Hong Kong press group hits back at criticism from security chief

Hong Kong’s leading media association has hit back at criticism from the security minister, who accused it of infiltrating campuses to “rope in” student journalists as members. The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said on Tuesday it “deeply regretted” the “factually wrong” claims made by Secretary for Security Chris Tang in a front-page interview with … Continue reading “‘Factually wrong’: Hong Kong press group hits back at criticism from security chief”

In Pictures: ‘I want real universal suffrage’ – Macau voters protest on ballots amid record-low turnout

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said it is too early to draw conclusions from the legislative elections in neighbouring Macau, which saw a record low turnout and numerous blank or spoiled ballot papers after 21 opposition figures were banned from standing. A spoilt ballot from Macau’s Legislative Assembly election that reads “I want … Continue reading “In Pictures: ‘I want real universal suffrage’ – Macau voters protest on ballots amid record-low turnout”

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong … Continue reading “Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown”

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong … Continue reading “Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown”

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong … Continue reading “Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown”

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong … Continue reading “Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown”