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Fisherman. Sri Lanka, by Basil Pao.
Wall Exhibition: Light Flight Series by Basil Pao

The images in this exhibition are excerpts from part two of the series: The Digital Age.

From left to right: Nan-Hie In, Matjaž Tančič, Kate Whitehead.
3D photographer Matjaz Tančič documents life in North Korea

Photographer Matjaz Tančič spoke about his  “3DPRK” project which involves taking 3D portraits of ordinary people as they go about their daily life in North Korea at a club dinner on February 13. He also presented a 20-minute video documentary about the making of this project which took months of negotiation with the Pyongyang authorities. There was also a presentation of his photographs – with 3D lenses provided for the audience. The project exhibition was …

The controversial LibertyWritersNews site illustrates how websites can use Facebook to tap into a surging ideology
Why fake news is good news for some journalists

There is one sure way for an individual journalist to make money online: lie through your teeth to an audience that is not interested in facts and welcomes these “alternative” facts as the new gospel: fake news is good news, if it suits you.

New York Times feels the pinch as China’s Great Firewall holds firm

It seems that hardly a day passes that individuals using social media and websites in China are restricted, closed down or prosecuted, usually with some variation of “inciting subversion of state power” as the reason. China’s almost blanket control of the country’s Internet – and consequently all forms of public dissent – has become the model for other countries  to emulate for many of the same reasons. The latest of these is the case of …

Robohack
Why the FCC president in 2025 could be a hackbot

Journalism as it is conventionally understood – the printed word mediated by a pantheon of reporters and editors, the electronic media often regulated and constrained by law over content and ownership – has been besieged during the past few decades by technology, ideology and costs.

Hong Kong University journalism students join FCC as contributors in maiden project

The Journalist and Media Studies Centre and The Correspondent are putting together a programme where students from the JMSC will report on an issue related to journalism and media.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which replaces the US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, was updated to reflect the latest political developments in Hong Kong.
Rubio and Cotton’s U.S. act reaffirms policy towards Hong Kong

US senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton’s bill, which replaces the US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, was updated to reflect the latest political developments in Hong Kong.

Want to join the FCC Board? Here’s how to nominate yourself or someone else

If you have some ideas that you want the Board to run with or maybe you would like to give your time and effort to the future of the Club, then you are encouraged to stand for the Board.

Photo: FCC staff
FCC staff party in pictures

The staff, Board, members and guests put on their glad rags and competed in a bunch of drinking and eating games. It wasn’t too competitive as everyone got a prize.

Ken Tsang assaulted and arrested by Hong Kong Police during the Occupy Central protests. Photo: AFP
As jailed Hong Kong police have learned, the world is watching

As Hong Kong police officers are jailed for beating an Occupy Central protester, by now, every force on the planet ought to realise that the world is watching, writes Francis Moriarty.

Mike Simms with his beloved dog, Scrap. Photo: Facebook
Obituary: Mike Simms, revered editor and crusader against tautology

Always the gruff gentleman, Mike could often be found holding up the Main Bar at the end of a late shift sharing his stories and strong opinions with the likes of Greg Torode and the late Walter Kent.

The very reasonably-priced semi buffet lunch is available in the Main Dining Room. Photo: carstenschael.com
The FCC’s new semi-buffet lunch will get your taste buds tingling

The Semi-Buffet Lunch offers a choice of four main courses accompanied by a wide selection of appetizers, side dishes and desserts.

The China Coast Community care home in Hong Kong.
The FCC is raising funds for the China Coast Community care home – and here’s how you can help

What sets the China Coast Community apart from other care homes is that it’s the only one dedicated to assisting the English-speaking elderly in Hong Kong.

Donald Trump at the National Press Club during his election campaign.
Reciprocal Clubs: A look at our partner press clubs around the world

Times change, as do the locations of press clubs around the world. Here, we look at our reciprocal arrangements with overseas press clubs.

An elderly woman rests on a muddy bank in her rice field near Kucha.
On the wall: Chinese Turkestan, by Ryan Pyle

Ryan Pyle’s photography exhibition focused on China’s mysterious western Xinjiang province and its Uygur residents.

Walter in Thailand in 1970.
Obituary: Walter Kent, bar denizen and friend to many

Friends and FCC Hong Kong members pay tribute to Walter Kent.

Foreigners Under Mao – Western Lives in China, 1949-1976, by Beverley Hooper
Book review: Foreigners Under Mao – Western Lives in China, 1949-1976

At last, a book about China has come along dealing with a topic about which I have some first-hand knowledge, writes Jonathan Sharp.

The Cosmos Club in Washington.
Reciprocal clubs: The FCC visits Washington

What better place could there be for an FCC member in America for the election to spend the night than the Cosmos Club in the nation’s capital?

Karin Malmstrom with a Panda at Wolong
Karin Malmstrom connects the environmental dots in China

From a young age, Malmstrom would be off to discover ancient stories with her sister and parents which also ignited a passion for the natural world.

The Tatler image of Mira Yeh, a well-known Hong Kong socialite and accomplished wake-boarder, surfing down the streets of Hong Kong won a Gold award in the Asia Media Awards. Photo: Nic Gaunt
Censorship, controversy, accolades: A year in the life of photographer Nic Gaunt

Photographic artist Nic Gaunt has had an interesting year: won an award; got censored; raised money in charity auction; and launched a controversial exhibition.

Huang Qi, founder of the website 64 Tianwang, was arrested at his home in Chengdu in Sichuan.
Journalists under attack: China news website editor arrested

Huang Qi, founder of the website 64 Tianwang, was arrested at his home in Chengdu in Sichuan for “disclosing state secrets”.

Juliana Liu, right, with Angie Lau.
The kids are alright: Working mothers on juggling juveniles and journalism

Joyce Lau talks to four working mothers in the demanding world of journalism.

Donald Trump has pledged a tough line against China in economic areas. Photo: Pixabay
How Hong Kong’s democracy fight could help shape Donald Trump’s China policy

Hong Kong’s current distress offers Donald Trump an opportunity to reflect on his China policy and to showcase what it’s going to mean, writes Francis Moriarty.

HKFP's Stanley Leung is surrounded by protesters at the Legco rally. Photo: HKFP
Journalists under attack across Asia

A round-up of the latest incidents involving media organisations around the region.

Phnom Penh falls with barely a fight. The victorious guerrilla forces enter the city from all sides
Cambodia: Years Of Turmoil

Forty years on, a new country is emerging. But this nation is born out of the tragic events of that day, which are engraved on every Cambodian’s mind.

White pigeons take off as Afghans come to feed the birds at the Blue mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif. 25 November 2009. Photo: Paula Bronstein
Afghanistan: Between Hope And Fear

A selection of images from the newly released book of the same title.

The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks.
Slowly, slowly up Kilimanjaro

With the news that Pizza Hut just delivered a pie to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, setting a new record for high-altitude PR stunts, Andrew Davison recalls his experiences in scaling Africa’s highest peak. The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks. In 2014 an old friend came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We’ve still no idea what possessed him to come up with this idea, nor what …

Roy Rowan in Saigon in 1975.
Obituary: Roy Rowan, Time magazine’s last Saigon bureau chief

Roy Rowan died September 13 in Greenwich, Connecticut, aged 96. His passing was no ordinary event. He was the last of what was once a large band of legendary American journalists who covered the Chinese civil war.

Some of the founding members of PEN Hong Kong in September 2016. Photo: PEN
PEN writers’ group reforms in Hong Kong to promote freedom of expression

Few writers may be aware of the role of Marilyn Monroe in the fight for freedom of creative expression, or indeed her connection with the opening of a new flank in that fight in Hong Kong.

Chan: the legal basis for banning pro-independence candidates from standing for election was ‘dubious at best’. Photo: FCC
Anson Chan: Hongkongers face systematic undermining of values and freedoms

Chan, who has been a regular speaker at the Club since the 90s when she was Chief Secretary before and after the handover, spoke about what to do with the troubled Legco and the importance of the Legco elections.

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law have stalled
Hong Kong’s copyright law reform hits a wall

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law towards the US-based “fair-use” treatment of copyright versus the “fair-dealing” approach stall, writes Jonathan Hopfner.

The book The King Never Smiles, by Paul Handley, was banned in Thailand.
Don’t tell the King: The increasing danger of reporting in Thailand

Foreign correspondents have always trod warily around lese majeste, though some of their publications got into strife when they inadvertently did not place a photo of the King at the top of a page, or had someone else’s photo on top of his.

It all began with blue whales

The film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, which will premiere in Hong Kong in October and globally from November, began with the hunt for the elusive blue whale, writes the film’s director and journalist Craig Leeson. In March, 2011, 30 miles off the southern tip of Sri Lanka, a tiny breeze tickles the surface of the Indian Ocean; the heat radiates relentlessly. Three weeks on a 90 metre research vessel has taken its toll: most of the …

Award-winning journalist Ying Chan moves on but not out

Chan set up the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Eyewitness video transforms and challenges the news business

Alison Parker (left) the moment shots ring out during an interview on tourism with Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce director, before she was shot and killed. (AFP screen capture) Following the Nice truck terror attack the French media watchdog, the CSA, issued an appeal for ‘caution’ and ‘restraint’ and the French police called on people to stop uploading images of victims as a sign of respect for them and their families. (CNN screen …

Wong and Law urge self-determination

Student activist and founder of the new party Demosistō Joshua Wong says he believes the use of violence will not help Hong Kong achieve a higher level of democracy. Wong, who is Secretary General of Demosistō, was speaking at an FCC lunch on June 27, along with fellow student activist Nathan Law, formerly the secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and now chairman of Demosistō. Wong said he believes the society should …

How a news story freed Ambon slaves

By Joyce Lau The Human Rights Press Awards celebrated its 20th birthday at the Maritime Museum on May 6, with a standing-room-only crowd of 170 participants, supporters and guests. For the first time, grand-prize winners were given the chance to speak to the audience directly about their experiences. Several flew in from overseas to do so. Esther Htusan, who recently became the first Burmese to win a Pulitzer Prize, caught a 1:30 a.m. flight from …

Future of young democratic politicians

Martin Lee, QC, founding chairman of The Democratic Party and former Legco member, has been a regular FCC guest speaker since the early 1990s. Always an articulate straight-shooter and clear thinker, Lee focused on the rise of young democrats at a lunch on June 16. He also wondered why the FCC would you ask one of Hong Kong’s oldest politicians about the future of young democratic politicians Many have doubts about Hong Kong’s young democratic …

The committees, the conveners and you

With every new FCC Board the conveners of committees often change and renews members’ opportunities for getting involved. If you have some ideas for speakers or other professional events, or are interested in the FCC’s charity events, or F&B, or finance, or the Wall, or press freedom issues; or The Correspondent… then maybe its time for you to join one of the committees or get in touch with the conveners and present your ideas.   …

Social media can have powerful influence on elections

Facebook has been under attack in recent months by US conservatives – worried that Facebook could influence the outcome of the presidential election – for “suppressing conservative news”. While these claims are somewhat overblown, there is no getting away from the fact that Facebook undoubtedly has tremendous power, with some 200 million Americans spending around 30% of their Internet time on Facebook and its properties (WhatsApp, Instagram). A 2014 study determined that some 340,000 people …

The question in China: what Panama Papers?

While the release of the Panama Papers rocked governments around the world, it hardly caused a ripple in China, one of the biggest sources of funds for these offshore accounts. China’s clampdown on any news of the leaks has been particularly effective. While the release of the Panama Papers rocked governments around the world, it hardly caused a ripple in China, one of the biggest sources of funds for these offshore accounts. China’s clampdown on …

Town Hall meeting debates increased revenue options

There was a big and active turnout for the FCC’s Town Hall meeting in early April which focused on budget forecasts and the operating revenue shortfall through the Club’s renovation period and what should be done about it. President Neil Western explained that the Board of Governors was elected to run the Club and its finances, “but given that subscription fees had been frozen for 19 years it was considered prudent to talk to the …

HKFP continues fight for media access through judicial review

Photos by: HKFP HKFP Editor-in-Chief Tom Grundy has joined with a group of human rights lawyers to file a judicial review against the government in light of its policy of barring online media outlets from government press conferences and press releases. In April, Grundy received an offer of assistance from Hong Kong’s Legal Aid Department, according to an editorial on the HKFP website. He is now seeking to link with interested parties and individuals to …

Banker turned corporate watchdog

Hong Kong is a global finance centre, and as such employs a good number of financial journalists. David Webb is not one of them. He is an activist, not a reporter. But he seems to break a lot of stories. Cathy Holcombe reports. When Webb first burst into the watchdog scene, in the late 1990s, I was working on the business desk at the South China Morning Post, and on some days he was quoted …

Hong Kong’s Future

Sir David Tang gave an amusing, erudite and at times inspirational speech before a full house at the FCC on what has happened to Hong Kong, where it might go and what needs to be done. David Tang fired both barrels at the performance of the Chief Executive CY Leung in his latest policy address as well as his overall leadership qualities. After regaling us with a visiting Martian’s view of the address, Tang called …

The yellow umbrellas are back, despite pressure from Chinese officials

The now ubiquitous yellow umbrellas surged around the Hong Kong government offices to mark the first anniversary of the pro-democracy Occupy movement which shut down  central Hong Kong for 79 days last year. While Occupy failed to achieve its goals, the silent rally on September 28 showed that political activism was was alive and well in the city. In the build-up to the rally, China typically unleashed a rash of tired political rhetoric warning Hong …