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Hong Kong Free Press anniversary: 3 years of non-profit, independent news

Launched as a response to declining press freedom in the wake of the Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong Free Press celebrated its third anniversary on Friday, June 29. Below is an update on our work since our Annual Report was published in January. Thank you – from all of our team – to our supporters, donors, patrons and readers.

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Original reporting since January 2018:

Last year, HKFP doubled the number of original features published – sharing a fully-fledged feature every weekend and launching a new opinion section. This year, we invested more in our daily reporting and updates to focus on scoops and exclusives.

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Achievements since January 2018:
  • Transparency: We published our public Annual Report and Transparency Report and completed our 2017 audit.
  • New base: The HKFP team moved to The Hive’s new co-working space in Wong Chuk Hang: The Hive Spring.
  • RSF praise: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) upgraded Hong Kong’s press freedom ranking in May, stating that Hong Kong Free Press is part of an “organised resistance to Beijing’s meddling.” We were invited to Seoul to help launch the report. RSF will link with us to host future events in Hong Kong.
  • New hires: We hired two, new full-time staff: journalist Holmes Chan and Production Editor Jennifer Creery.
  • Fundraising independently: We scrapped our partnership with third-party fundraising websites to host our own donation software – it saved us thousands of dollars in admin fees.
  • More events: We have begun hosting more events, including a domestic worker documentary showing and Q&A. In August, we will host a forum on gender equality in news.
  • Website issues fixed: A number of long-outstanding tasks related to web infrastructure were completed, including a move to entirely new servers. Dozens of bug fixes, CSS design issues and load bearing issues were fixed by a developer, resulting in a faster website.
  • Community/profile: HKFP hosted several groups of students at the office. We spoke at TEDx Wanchai 2018 and attended the 2018 East-West Center conference in Singapore.
  • Social media: We will gain access to Facebook Crowdtangle in July 2018, so we can better manage our Facebook presence.
  • Staff benefits: HKFP staff now receive dental care and healthcare as of June 2018, and enjoyed a pay rise this spring to better bring conditions in line with the local industry.

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Funding in 2018:

We are highly transparent and responsible with our meagre funds, operating on a shoestring in order to ensure we survive in the long-run, whilst ensuring staff are properly rewarded.

  • Income: Our current revenue streams include: One-off/monthly donations (cheque/transfer, cards, Flattr, AliPay, Bitcoin), Google/YouTube display ads; directly purchased rate card ads; events; content sales; merchandise sales; resyndication through Dow Jones Factiva; and Apple News ads. As of 2018, we now accept coin donations, via CoinDragon, at machines across the city and have a small income from Book Depository online store referrals.
  • Spending: Currently, we spend around HK$140,000 per month. Our expenses include: Salaries, office rent; accountancy costs; reporting equipment; audit and tax services; company secretarial services; accountancy and security software; AFP news wire service, Google Suite tools; web hosting and domains; developer/systems maintenance contract; employee insurance; employee healthcare; travel and transport; postage/stationery; and meals/drinks for sources and volunteers.
  • Fundraising: In February/March, we raised HK$847,000 from 850 donors during our annual funding drive for one-off contributions – our best result yet. Through PayPal, 59 monthly donors give an average of HK$266 – totalling HK$13,529/month. Through our self-hosted Stripe payment system, we have 40 patrons giving an average of HK$150 – totalling HK$6,223/month. We receive HK$19,759 from patrons each month, excluding a handful who donate by cheque/transfer. Donors are overwhelmingly from Hong Kong, though we also have backers in the US, UK, Australia and China.
Ten ways to support us:

Not-for-profit, run by journalists and completely independent, the HKFP team relies on readers to keep us going and to help safeguard press freedom. Learn more about our achievements in our latest Annual Report. Our Transparency Report shows how carefully we spend every cent.

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Here are nine more ways to support our team – click an option below:
1. Donate directly by cheque

Cheques save us on fees. Please make them payable to Hong Kong Free Press Limited and post it – along with your name and address to – Hong Kong Free Press, The Hive Spring, 3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. [Please do not send cash.]

Donations are confidential – a paper-trail is required for our internal accountancy records.

2. Donate directly by bank transfer

For setting up one-off, or regular, bank transfers, please email a screenshot or phone photo of the receipt/confirmation to [email protected], after you have made arrangements. Thank you!

Our local HSBC account details:

  • Account name: Hong Kong Free Press Limited
  • Account number: 817887532-838
  • Bank name: HSBC Hong Kong
  • Bank address: 1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.
  • Bank code: 004. Branch number: 817. SWIFT address: HSBCHKHHHKH

Donations are confidential – a paper-trail is required for our internal accountancy records.

3. Donate leftover coins at Coin Dragon machines

Do you have a big jar or bag of coins at home? Donate leftover 10c, 20c, 50c, HK$1, HK$2 and HK$5 coins to HKFP at Coin Dragon machines across the city.

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4. Advertise with us
Support us and promote your business or cause at the same time. Request our rate card and consider our affordable range of digital marketing solutions.

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5. Donate gear or sponsor us
We welcome donations of new computer or audio-visual equipment. We also welcome sponsorship of key website sections or our ongoing operational costs – please get in touch if you can support us.
6. Shop at the Book Depository with our referral link
Shop at the Book Depository using this HKFP referral link. We will receive 5 per cent of each book purchase. Free delivery to Hong Kong.
7. Help spread the word

Help us grow – invite your friends to follow us on social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.

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8. 'Tip' us with a Flattr micro-donation

You can ‘tip’ Hong Kong Free Press with a micro-donation via Flattr. The Flattr button is available at the top of every HKFP article.

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9. Donate Bitcoin

Help us eliminate processing fees or make a fully anonymous contribution by donating BitCoin via Bitpay.





Why support us? 

View some of our best stories, or read our Annual Report.

How can I change or cancel my regular donation?
Yes, you may cancel your monthly donation at any time by emailing [email protected] – we aim to respond within 1-2 business days. Or, if you donated after May 2018, you can manage your donation yourself on this page.
Will you share or sell my personal information?
No. Your payment details are stored securely. We do not sell, trade, or rent users’ personal identification information to others. We may share generic, anonymised aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers. For example, we use Google Analytics to identify where visitors click on the website and what browser they may be using – we may use this anonymous information to promote our site to advertisers. Read our full T&Cs and Privacy Policy here.
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If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return the product and get a full refund within 30 days since you purchased it. Any product you return must be in the same condition you received it, unused and in the original packaging. Please retain any receipt. Refunds through stripe.com may take 5-10 business days. Read our full T&Cs and Privacy Policy here.

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Hong Kong Free Press anniversary: 3 years of non-profit, independent news