Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong Free Press is a new, progressive English language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.

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1 September 2017

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

30 May 2017

Facebook ‘Mistakenly’ Censored Tiananmen Massacre Tribute

Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.

27 April 2017

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

2 March 2017

Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence

These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.

4 February 2017

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

26 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

1 December 2016

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

18 November 2016

Despite Suppression, Founder of Prize-winning Chinese Citizen Journalism Website Remains Optimistic

This post was written by Catherine Lai and originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on November 12, 2016. The version below is published on Global Voices under a partnership...

4 November 2016

Chinese Activist Who Wore ‘Xitler’ T-Shirt Goes Missing in Detention

"He’s one of a very small number of young Chinese who have been outspoken in criticising the Chinese government on Twitter using their real names."