Hong Kong Free Press is a non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs.
Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrived amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.
HKFP strives to bridge the gap between Chinese and English reporting while providing a platform that is immune from political and commercial pressures.
- An urgent need: Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists, Hong Kong Journalists Association and Pen America have all reported on the recent decline of press freedom in Hong Kong. With attacks on journalists, advertisers withdrawing from media critical of the establishment along with the existential pressures facing the wider industry, it is evermore vital that the territory has an independent platform for critical voices to be heard.
- An opportunity: Press freedom concerns are even more defined among English media as there is little competition and less incentive to innovate. Hong Kong is not subject to stringent censorship laws seen in the mainland and English writers have a wider international reach and are less vulnerable to attack. In the first-and-last free corner of China, there is a thirst for independent journalism that few are exploiting.
- A platform for post-Occupy Hong Kong: In addition to highlighting the lack of plurality in the local media landscape, the Umbrella Movement protests exposed a gap between the Chinese and English media. Some stories, themes and angles featured in the Chinese media were missed or ignored by the English press – other stories took days to be reported on. A free, unfiltered online English news source that bridges this gap is overdue.
- Hong Kong Free Press: HKFP provides a platform for well-known contributors and fresh talent, as well as being a hub for citizen journalism in Asia.
With a fast, visual, multimedia design, HKFP launched in June 2015 with a focus on local breaking news. HKFP is now home to a mix of original reporting, pick-ups, features, interviews, investigations and viral pieces and provides a direct platform for expert voices, citizen contributors, NGOs and advocacy groups.
See our 2016 Annual Report for more on what we have achieved in our first 18 months.
As a not-for-profit business, HKFP will become more sustainable over time with multiple revenue streams such as membership, crowdfunding, advertising, events, donations and content provision.
We are not answerable to any corporate entity, business tycoon or mainland Chinese conglomerate. If you believe Hong Kong needs an independent English news source, please support us.
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