Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong

By Lam Kwok-lap
This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

A top Chinese official sent out a warning to Hong Kong on Tuesday that Beijing will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy towards anyone advocating independence for the former British colony, a political stance that is seen as a threat to national security. Continue reading “Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong”

Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city

By Tony Cheung
This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Fifth-ranking Politburo Standing Committee member urges Hongkongers to strengthen their sense of national identity, promising more initiatives to help them reap the benefits of the Greater Bay Area project

China’s propaganda tsar on Tuesday warned that Continue reading “Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city”

A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report

ifex:International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 2 February 2018.

Today, the International Federation of Journalists launches the 10th edition of its annual China Press Freedom Report for 2017, entitled Ten-Year Edition: A Decade of Decline.

The IFJ China Press Freedom project has been the key monitoring and advocacy voice for journalists and media workers in China as well as Continue reading “A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report”

Journalism NGO reports ‘unprecedented hardship’ for Hong Kong’s media industry and ‘bleak’ trends in China

HKFP:Karen Cheung

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has noted “unprecedented hardship” in Hong Kong’s media industry in a new report, as well as “an overall negative trajectory for press freedom” in China.

The global press freedom union began monitoring China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in 2008, when the authorities promised a more free media ahead Continue reading “Journalism NGO reports ‘unprecedented hardship’ for Hong Kong’s media industry and ‘bleak’ trends in China”

Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report

RFA:Wong Lok-to

The London-based rights group Amnesty International on Thursday raised concerns over continued attacks on Hong Kong’s traditional freedoms, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party takes a more hands-on approach to the former British colony.

“Freedom of expression in Hong Kong came under attack as the Continue reading “Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report”

Protesters rally against ban on H.K. activist’s candidacy / Decision shows China’s tightening grip on polls

TheJapanNews

HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — Protesters in Hong Kong gathered outside the government’s headquarters on Sunday evening after a leading pro-democracy activist was barred from standing as a candidate in upcoming elections.

The ban on 21-year-old Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass

Continue reading “Protesters rally against ban on H.K. activist’s candidacy / Decision shows China’s tightening grip on polls”

Freedom score for Hong Kong hits seven-year low as Beijing’s ‘ever greater influence’ cited

US human rights NGO says ouster of pro-democracy lawmakers and jail sentences for Occupy protest leaders drove down score in annual report.

SCMP: Ng Kang-chung

Hong Kong’s latest global score for freedom has fallen to a seven-year low of 59 out of 100, according to an annual report by a Washington-based human rights NGO, which blamed the figure on Beijing’s “ever greater influence” on the city’s political affairs.

Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong’s universities, says report

Report says freedom has deteriorated so much that independent monitoring groups should be established

The Guardian:Benjamin Hass

Hong Kong’s universities, long a beacon of academic freedom, bastions of freewheeling activism and discussion, are under threat and risk losing their internationally respected status, according to a report.

Universities are increasingly limiting freedom of expression, Continue reading “Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong’s universities, says report”

Stop Repression in Hong Kong – campaign video

This short video, featuring ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (Long Hair) and Sally Tang Mei-ching of Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) has been produced by the Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign.

Less than four minutes long, the video shows  how the democracy struggle in Hong Kong has come under unprecedented attack in the past 12 months. One-fifth of the opposition in the legislature has been thrown out by the government and the courts on the flimsiest of pretexts. Young democracy activists have been served with harsh jail terms. Dozens of new political trials are looming in the first months of 2018.

The Chinese dictatorship is determined to stamp out Hong Kong’s culture of mass protests for democracy, which it fears could spread to China. Pressure is building from Beijing for the Hong Kong government – it’s puppet – to implement Article 23 national security laws that would massively curtail freedom of speech and make it a criminal offence to oppose the ruling ‘Communist’ Party (CCP).

 

 

Join Sunday’s democracy march in Hong Kong

Kris Cheng, Hong Kong Free Press

This article was first published on HKFP under the headline: Pro-democracy activists urge Hongkongers to join ‘final’ protest on Sunday with ‘political prisoners’

Pro-democracy activists have urged the public to march on Sunday against the “authoritarian” regime. They say it may be the last opportunity before several activists are possibly jailed.

Demosisto’s Joshua Wong, who was released on bail from prison last month, said the city’s jailed activists had missed opportunities to march with supporters in August and October. He said it was likely that he would be jailed alongside Lester Shum, Raphael Wong and others. All are defendants in a case relating to the clearance of the Mong Kok Occupy protest camp in 2014. Sentences for the case – which is separate to Wong’s other Occupy-related conviction – will be handed down next Thursday. Continue reading “Join Sunday’s democracy march in Hong Kong”