China launches third aircraft carrier: state media

By Vivian Lin, with Laurie Chen in Beijing China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, the first designed and built entirely in the country, marking a major military advance for the Asian superpower. The announcement comes as tensions between China and the United States have ramped up significantly in recent weeks over Beijing’s saber-rattling … Read more

Hong Kong bars multiple media outlets since the inauguration of John Lee and July 1 celebrations

Hong Kong has effectively barred several independent newspapers, international media outlets and news wires from attending the inauguration of incoming leader John Lee, as well as from covering other July 1 events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Handover. John Lee. File photo: John Lee campaign. Among those who did not receive an invite are … Read more

Hong Kong watchdog told 14 social media sites to remove 3,900 doxxing items in 8 months

Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog says it has issued more than 770 “cessation notices” to 14 social media platforms demanding they remove around 3,900 unlawful doxxing messages over the past eight months. Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Ada Chung at a press briefing on June 13, 2022. Photo: Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. … Read more

Some readers of online media in Hong Kong exhibit racial biases and discrimination, study finds

A study funded by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has found that while online media in Hong Kong have largely been professional when reporting on issues related to race or ethnic minorities, their readers were more likely to discriminate. Photo: Almond Li / HKFP. Scholars from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and the … Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai to stand trial in High Court over national security, sedition charges

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai will stand trial over national security and sedition charges at the city’s High Court, where the maximum sentence is life in prison. The founder of the defunct tabloid Apple Daily appeared in front of Principal Magistrate Peter Law, Lai, along with six former staff members of the newspaper … Read more

New handbook for Hong Kong judges includes guides for social media use, managing ‘unruly behavior’ in court

The Hong Kong Judiciary released an updated version of its Guide to Judicial Conduct on Monday, 18 years after the handbook was first introduced in 2004. The new handbook includes behavioral guidelines for judges and judicial officers on topics such as the use of social media. “Judges’ use of social media in their private activities … Read more

How int’l and local media reacted after Hong Kong committee selected John Lee as leader

Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership race made headlines not only in the city but around the world. Local newspapers focused on the large proportion of votes received by former chief secretary and security chief John Lee, while overseas outlets emphasized Beijing’s role in his ascension to the city’s top post. Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Almond … Read more

Explainer: Small Chinese-language media outlets spring up as Hong Kong’s big names disappear

According to both Beijing and Hong Kong officials, freedom of the press has survived unscathed since the national security law came into force in June 2020. But prominent independent outlets have shut down one after another and journalists have been detained on national security and sedition charges. The International Federation of Journalists says Hong Kong’s … Read more

‘No guardrails’: Social media is threatening press freedom, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa says

By Nina Larson The rise of social media has allowed dangerous propaganda to flourish and left professional journalists facing constant threat of attack, according to Philippine journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Maria Ressa. Maria Ressa. Photo: World Economic Forum via Flickr. The situation for media workers around the world at the moment is “bleak”, … Read more

Explainer: How John Lee’s social media campaign compares to 2017’s chief executive candidates

As the sole contender in Sunday’s small-circle chief executive election, John Lee is destined to lead Hong Kong for the next five years. Lee formally announced his run on April 9 – less than a month before polling day, and just a day after his Facebook page was launched – albeit without a profile picture … Read more