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

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

4 remanded in custody over 2019 protest case linked to Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan

Four men, including two who tried to flee to Taiwan by speedboat in 2019, have been remanded in custody after pleading guilty in a protest-related case. Li Wai-lung became the fourth defendant to enter a guilty plea over possession of items with intent to destroy or damage property in front of Judge Douglas Yau at … Read more

Pro-Beijing party tops Hong Kong political popularity chart, poll finds

A pro-Beijing party has topped a popularity chart of political groups in Hong Kong, a poll has found. The Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) published the results on Tuesday of a phone survey of 1,000 Hong Kong residents examining the city’s most popular political parties. Pro-Beijing labor and political group the Hong Kong … Read more

Hong Kong gov’t restructuring to add 3 new deputies, 2 new bureaux and cost HK $ 95 million a year

The Hong Kong government is set to see a reorganization that will add two policy bureaux to the existing 13 and dozens of new roles, a revamp that will come with a HK $ 95 million annual price tag. Central Government Offices. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. Incoming chief executive John Lee said during a … Read more

Independent publisher rejected from taking part in Hong Kong Book Fair

An independent publisher founded by a teacher who was injured in the 2019 protests and unrest has been rejected from participating in the Hong Kong Book Fair. People visit the Hillway Press stall at last year’s Hong Kong Book Fair. File photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. In a statement published on Tuesday night, Hillway Press … Read more