Hong Kong eyes significant overhaul of public broadcaster RTHK

A Hong Kong government review of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has found editorial management “deficiencies” and a lack of transparency in handling complaints, signalling an extensive overhaul of the public service broadcaster was in the works amid concern over media restrictions in the Chinese-controlled territory. The outcome of the review was announced on Friday, […]

Nine Hong Kong activists go on trial over huge democracy rally

Two plead guilty with veteran politician Martin Lee among those in the dock over one of 2019’s biggest democracy protests. Two former Hong Kong legislators have pleaded guilty to charges of organising or participating in one of the biggest pro-democracy protests in the Chinese-controlled city in 2019. The two were among nine, including veteran pro-democracy […]

Bill to help Hong Kong protesters stay in US as refugees revived

A bipartisan group of legislators in Washington, DC, have reintroduced a bill to make it easier for Hong Kongers fearing persecution in the Chinese-controlled city to secure refugee status in the United States. The 12 senators, led by Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez, said on Tuesday that the bill was a response to […]

Blinken presses China on Uighurs, Hong Kong in first call

Top US diplomat talks tough on Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as Beijing notes more room for cooperation than with the Trump administration. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Beijing on its treatment of Uighurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong in the first conversation between top officials of the two powers since President Joe Biden […]

Hong Kong tightens leash on mobile phone use, registration

Authorities say new restrictions meant to curb criminality but activists and rights group say it is another form of silencing dissent. The Hong Kong government has kicked off public consultation on the near-certain policy change, which would require residents of the city to register their mobile phone SIM cards using their real identity, raising more […]

UK says Hong Kong offer upholds ‘freedom and autonomy’

Under scheme that comes into effect on Sunday, Hong Kong people with BN(O) status will have path to UK citizenship. Britain’s government said on Friday it was standing by the people of its former colony Hong Kong in the face of a Chinese crackdown as it prepared to launch a settlement scheme that could allow […]

Hong Kong police detain 11 for allegedly helping activists escape

Latest arrests are related to a group picked up by the Chinese coastguard as they fled in a speedboat, and now jailed on the mainland. Police in Hong Kong arrested 11 people under the territory’s national security law on Thursday morning for allegedly helping 12 activists who attempted to escape the city by speedboat and […]

China plans further Hong Kong crackdown after mass arrest: report

The arrest of more than 50 Democrats in Hong Kong last week intensifies a drive by Beijing to stifle any return of a populist challenge to Chinese rule and more measures are likely, two individuals with direct knowledge of China’s plans told the Reuters news agency. While stressing that plans had not been finalised, the […]

China jails 10 Hong Kong activists for ‘illegal border crossing’

The 10 were among 12 detained in a speedboat as they allegedly tried to flee to Taiwan. A Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists who had been detained after fleeing Hong Kong by boat to between seven months and three years for an illegal border crossing, a court in the southern city of Shenzhen […]

Hong Kong teen activist jailed for China flag ‘insult’

Tony Chung jailed as crackdown on pro-democracy activists in once free-spirited territory accelerates. Tony Chung, a 19-year-old pro-democracy activist, has been sentenced to four months in prison by a Hong Kong court after being found guilty of taking part in an unlawful protest and “insulting” China’s national flag. Chung, who founded the now-disbanded Studentlocalism group, […]

The lingering trauma of Hong Kong’s exiled protesters

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Taipei, Taiwan – The night was once Ted’s* greatest enemy. For months, after fleeing to Taiwan from the front lines of the Hong Kong protests, Ted was haunted by a recurring nightmare. He dreamed that he was trapped inside a glowing ring. Beside him, his […]

Crackdown in Hong Kong continues; eight more arrested

Arrests of pro-democracy activists are latest since China imposed the National Security Law earlier this year. Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists on Tuesday, as the Chinese territory expanded a crackdown on the territory’s beleaguered opposition forces. The police did not identify the people, saying only that they were aged between 24 and 64. […]

Hong Kong crackdown: 14 officials face US sanctions, travel ban

The financial sanctions and travel ban are seen as part of an effort by outgoing US President Donald Trump to cement his tough-on-China legacy. The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong […]

Hong Kong’s prominent democracy activists face agonising choice

Hong Kong’s high-profile activists and legislators increasingly find themselves having to choose between whether to stay in the Chinese territory and face arrest, or leave – possibly for good – as the government continues to step up political prosecutions. This week three of Hong Kong’s most well-known activists, Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, […]

Hong Kong court denies bail to Jimmy Lai over fraud charges

Vocal pro-democracy supporter will be in jail until April, in a move condemned as an attempt to silence critics. Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai will spend the next six months in prison after he was denied bail on Thursday on what critics say are trumped-up charges designed to remove one of the government’s most […]

Joshua Wong jailed for 13.5 months over 2019 ‘illegal assembly’

Prominent Hong Kong activist is one of three who pleaded guilty over rally held by police station in June 2019. A court in Hong Kong has sentenced pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to prison for 13.5 months after he pleaded guilty to organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly outside a police station in the district of […]

Hong Kong legislators to resign, US threatens more sanctions #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Hong Kong’s opposition legislators, seen as representatives of the moderate pro-democracy voices in the Chinese-ruled territory, are expected to formally tender their resignations on Thursday in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues on grounds of “national security” as the United States warned of further sanctions. Their departure will be a considerable blow […]

Hong Kong police arrest dozens at protests over delayed election

More than 30 people have been arrested by Hong Kong police as riot officers swoop in on pro-democracy protesters – opposed to the postponement of the local legislative election – with rounds of pepper balls. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in the Asian financial hub to demonstrate against a new national security […]

UN experts condemn Hong Kong security law in letter to China

United Nations human rights experts have written to China to warn the national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong at the end of June is a serious risk to the territory’s political and civic freedoms, urging Beijing to review and reconsider the law. China has faced intense criticism over the legislation, which was imposed at […]

Hong Kong: Endgame

At 11pm on June 30, 2020, a new national security law came into effect in Hong Kong – just an hour before the 23rd anniversary of Britain’s handover of the city to China. The legislation, which sparked an immediate international backlash, has significantly tightened Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong and has stifled the huge protests […]