HKFP Guide: Hong Kong’s latest Covid-19 social distancing rules – frequently asked questions

The Hong Kong government has tightened Covid-19 social distancing rules following the outbreak of a fifth wave of infections led by the highly contagious but less lethal Omicron variant. HKFP has rounded up and answered questions from our readers about the latest regulations. Last update: May 19, 2022. See also: HKFP Guide: Hong Kong’s Covid-19 … Read more

Hong Kong Telegram group admin jailed for 6.5 years for conspiring to incite violence during protests

A Telegram channel administrator in Hong Kong has been jailed for 6.5 years, after he was convicted of conspiring to incite others to commit arson, rioting and other crimes during the protests between 2019 and 2020. Telegram. File photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. Deputy District Judge Peter Hui sentenced computer technician Ng Man-ho on Thursday, … Read more

Security police ordered news outlet to remove entries on 2016 Hong Kong ‘national flag’ contest – reports

The “sensitive” content which an online news outlet was ordered to delete on national security grounds were pictures of a suggested new “national flag” for Hong Kong, according to local media. Passion Times founder Wong Yeung-tat on Wednesday said he and the outlet were approached by national security police over “sensitive content” but declined to … Read more

Hong Kong court adjourns sedition case against martial arts coach to July, assistant denied bail

A Hong Kong court has adjourned till July the case of a martial arts coach accused of breaching the colonial-era sedition law, while his assistant was denied bail for a second time on national security grounds even though she does not face such a charge. West Kowloon Law Courts Building. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. … Read more

Head of Hong Kong journalist group to join 6-month UK fellowship program, will not ‘actively’ seek re-election

The head of Hong Kong’s largest journalist group, which has come under fire from the security minister, said he would leave the city for six months to join the Reuters Institute’s fellowship program at Oxford University starting in early October. Ronson Chan, chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), announced his decision on Facebook … Read more

At the Cusp of a BaaS Revolution, Here Are Some of the Challenges

The future of finance is open, and the rise of Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) means this future is closer than ever. The BaaS industry is quickly maturing, with 88% of senior APAC executives – in industries from banking and technology to healthcare and retail – recently telling Finastra that they are already implementing BaaS solutions or are … Read more

Hong Kong bars, reopen clubs; restaurants allowed to operate until midnight as Covid-19 rules ease

Hong Kong saw another round of Covid-19 rules loosened on Thursday, with bars reopening and restaurants allowed to operate until midnight. Bars in Lan Kwai Fong. Photo: GovHK. The relaxations follow months of restrictions in place to curb the city’s fifth and worst pandemic wave. Besides bars, other businesses kept closed during the fifth wave … Read more

The message is the medium

Whiny statement from HK Trade Office in London in response to a Times editorial. Regina Ip reminds us (in case we’d forgotten) that the Hong Kong government’s PR and messaging is crap. She dwells mainly on the fact that the civil servants put in charge of the Information Services Dept lack the skills for a … Read more