Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?

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Pro-democracy activists say China is silencing dissent in Hong Kong. DW’s Conflict Zone asks Horace Cheung, VP of the largest pro-Beijing party in the territory, whether he is willing to allow China to curtail rights. Continue reading “Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?”

Thousands of Chinese Army Veterans March Over Police Beatings

By Wong Siu-san and Lau Siu-fung, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 8 October 2018
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Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have sealed off a city after thousands of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans converged there over a weekend of protests and clashes over police  Continue reading “Thousands of Chinese Army Veterans March Over Police Beatings”

Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status

Strengthening trade ties and remaining true to handover agreement at heart of Britain’s approach to region, adviser to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

By Tony Cheung, SCMP

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 17 September 2018
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London’s interest in Hong Kong should not be seen as a “threat or interference” in Chinese sovereignty, a top British diplomat has said.

Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary Continue reading “Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status”

China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

Following the ban of Hong Kong’s pro-independence party last month, residents now fear further erosion of the city’s civil liberties. Activists say the democracy movement needs to refresh its message to win new support.

By William Yang (Taipei), DW

This article first appeared in DW on 4 October 2018
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China’s annual National Day on October 1 is marked in Hong Kong with everything from official celebrations to protests against Continue reading “China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement”

Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom

FT editor’s visa ban linked to talk he hosted in August with independence activist

By Clifford Coonan , The Irish Times

This article first appeared in The Irish Times on 9 October 2018
Link to original article: HERE

When Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet flew home to Hong Kong this week, he was given seven days to pack his things and quit the territory. Days earlier, immigration authorities decided not to extend Continue reading “Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom”

Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong’s Youth Is Pushing Back

Rising levels of poverty and inequality are adding to the frustrations of young people in the country, most of whom want to be identified as Hong Kongers, rather than Chinese or even Hong Konger in China.

By Kunal Purohit, The Wire

This article first appeared in The Wire on 8 October 2018
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Hong Kong: On September 28, when Hong Kong marked four years of the Umbrella Movement, 20-year-old Jessie Tse was Continue reading “Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong’s Youth Is Pushing Back”

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party as China tightens grip

Hong Kong National Party banned in the interests of ‘national safety’

By Lily Kuo, The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 24 September 2018
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In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong has banned a pro-independence political party, causing outcry among critics who see the measure as another sign of China’s tightening grip over the city. Continue reading “Hong Kong bans pro-independence party as China tightens grip”

Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa

Chairwoman of the Bar Association’s committee for constitutional affairs and human rights says the authorities should explain the legal basis for denying a work visa for Victor Mallet, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times

By Alvin Lum, SCMP

This article first appeared in SCMP on 9 October 2018
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Hong Kong’s top lawyers have questioned the government’s legal basis to deny a British journalist’s work visa, saying a controversial talk he moderated happened one month before the speaker’s pro-independence party was officially outlawed.

The group of lawyers, including Po Wing-kay, the chairwoman of Continue reading “Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa”

Hong Kong’s move against free speech

De facto expulsion of the FT’s Asia news editor sends a chilling message

This article first appeared in Financial Times on 8 October 2018
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For more than two decades, citizens and residents in the former British colony of Hong Kong have enjoyed a wide range of freedoms and Continue reading “Hong Kong’s move against free speech”

‘Chilling message’: Hong Kong refuses to explain FT journalist visa denial

Learning the lessons of how democratic rights were won internationally

By James Griffiths, CNN

This article first appeared in CNN on 8 October 2018
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Hong Kong (CNN)The unprecedented denial of a visa to a Financial Times journalist “sends a chilling message to everyone in Hong Kong,” the paper said Sunday, as press groups and politicians in the city continued to denounce the move.

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