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Obituary: The legendary Clare Hollingworth, 1911-2017

Clare as a freelancer in the 1950s. Clare as a freelancer in the 1950s.

The FCC’s legendary Correspondent member, Clare Hollingworth, who spent her entire working life travelling the world reporting war and conflict, passed away at home in Hong Kong in January at the very venerable of age 105.

Hollingworth, often hailed as the “doyenne of Foreign Correspondents”, forged a remarkable career as a foreign correspondent, beginning with the scoop of the century when she reported the start of World War II from Poland in September 1939 while working as a stringer for London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

She was a dedicated journalist who overcame gender barriers to report from the front lines of major conflicts in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Vietnam. She lived her final four decades in Hong Kong after being one of the few Western journalists to report on the Cultural Revolution from China in the 1970s.

Hollingworth had celebrated her 105th birthday in October last year at the FCC. “We are very sad to hear about Clare’s passing. She was a tremendous inspiration to us all and a treasured member of our club. We were so pleased that we could celebrate her 105th birthday with her this past year,”  FCC president Tara Joseph said.

Best known as a Daily Telegraph correspondent, Hollingworth wrote for many publications during her long career, including The Economist, The Observer, Manchester Guardian, Daily Express, International Herald Tribune and Asian Wall Street Journal.

Charles Moore, the editor of the Daily Telegraph described Clare as one the Telegraph’s most distinguished servants and an inspiration to all foreign correspondents and all women in journalism. Other tributes from the Telegraph included:

Clare in the 1960s next to a RAF Hunter in Aden Clare in the 1960s next to a RAF Hunter in Aden

Kate Adie, the veteran BBC war correspondent said Hollingworth was “a pioneer” for women in journalism who did not stop after her great scoop, went on to have a “a lifetime of journalism, full of adventure, good stories and terrific attention to detail and fact. She was a role model, without being aware of it.

Robert Fox, the Telegraph‘s former defence and chief foreign correspondent, described Hollingworth as amazing and steadfast. “After the Falklands I remember she took me to lunch and asked me about the state of the British Army. She used to take the trouble to come over to me, she was always interested and took a great deal of interest in younger reporters.”

The BBC’s John Simpson, who first met Clare in 1978, described her as a journalist who people trusted. “She interviewed the Shah of Iran in 1941, just after we had put him on the throne, and she was the only person he would speak to before he died – because he trusted her. I consider her one the finest journalists of the 20th Century, along with Martha Gellhorn and one or two others. I shall miss her memory more than I can say.”

Chris Patten, who knew Hollingworth when he was Hong Kong governor, said, “Clare was quite literally one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century. She was a great buccaneer, brave, witty and wise. “She covered some of the greatest stories of the last century with imitable dash and, on top of all that, she was kind and lovable.”

Clare with the Commander of British Forces near Tamar in Hong Kong. Clare with the Commander of British Forces near Tamar in Hong Kong.

Patrick Garrett, her biographer and great-nephew, said, “At 105 we had begun to wonder if Clare was one of the immortals. However, she got a cold around Christmas and obviously it is an extra concern with the elderly. We assumed she’d fight it off but it was to be her last Christmas.

“She was far from home but she’d been abroad most of her life. Seventy-eight years ago in Nazi Austria and most years since on foreign soil.”

Garrett, in his biography of Hollingworth, “Of fortune and war” published in July last year, described her first taste of war: “27-year-old Clare collared one of the scoops of the century by borrowing the flagged diplomatic car of the British consul-general in Katowice (with whom she’d a fling, extra-marital for both of them) on the Polish-German border, driving probably in breach of the rules into Germany and by chance seeing masses of Wehrmacht tanks readying for action. When a couple of days later the tanks rolled into Poland, Clare’s first account of world war breaking out was denied – by a disbelieving Polish government.”

What is far less well known is what Hollingworth was doing immediately before she walked into the offices of the Daily Telegraph in Fleet Street in August 1939 and asked for, and got, a job. “The fact is during the spring and summer that year Clare played an important part in rescuing around three thousand people from under the very noses of the Nazis.” These were refugees facing immediate arrest, or worse, as the Nazis tightened their grip on eastern Europe. Clare’s job was to try to help these very frightened people who were on the Nazis’ wanted list to find a safe haven. This she did despite nightmarish logistical difficulties, lack of funds and baulky bureaucracies. It is an amazing account of sheer, bloody-minded persistence on Hollingworth’s part – qualities that would serve her splendidly in her journalism. It was clearly “fiendishly difficult and dangerous work that deserved gratitude and recognition far beyond the modest OBE she received from the British government much later in life.”

Clare during the India-Pakistan war in circa 1965, also with The Guardian Clare during the India-Pakistan war in circa 1965, also with The Guardian

After her journalistic coup on the Polish-German border, Clare had hair’s-breadth escapes from the rapidly advancing German forces, experiences which did nothing to quench her thirst for action and adventure. Far from it. And the outbreak of World War II was by no means her only scoop. Another notable success was breaking the story of double agent Kim Philby’s defection to Moscow.

Throughout her subsequent career she repeatedly impressed or shamed her male correspondent peers with her sang-froid and apparent fearlessness. “It was manic story-chasing and a perverse pleasure in warfare. This relentless hunt for conflict and adventure would become a way of life for Clare, and ultimately it is what defined her as a person.”

Hollingworth was born October 10, 1911, to a middle-class family in the village of Knighton in Leicestershire, England. Her father ran a boot factory founded by her grandfather. She took brief courses in Croatian at Zagreb University, international relations in Switzerland and Slavonic studies in London. She worked as a secretary and then at a British refugee charity in Poland while writing occasional articles about the looming war in Europe, before landing the job with the Daily Telegraph that was to launch her remarkable career.

When Clare moved to Hong Kong in 1981 it was supposed to be temporary. She was researching a book on The Great Helmsman (Mao and the Men Against Him) and had secured a research position at HKU’s Centre of Asian Studies. She never planned to stay, but was intrigued by the negotiations over Hong Kong’s future. Finally she decided to sit it out until the Handover. She never left.

Undoubtedly one reason she opted for Hong Kong was the FCC. Describing the Club as a “second home” for some members may be an old cliché. But for Clare it soon became her first home. Widowed in 1965 she lived for journalism, and was frankly obsessed with following “the story”. She lived modestly – university accommodation at first, later an un-renovated one-room flat. But in the FCC Main Bar there was always someone – local insiders, out-of-towners, and reporters from the 20th century’s wars – to exchange gossip and memories.

A one minute silence was observed in the Main Bar and a service to celebrate Clare’s life will held in the Club on Thursday, January 19. Tributes to Clare and her achievements can be found on the FCC website at http://www.fcchk.org

Celebrate Clare Hollingworth Facebook page

Patrick Garret, Anna Fenton, Jonathan Sharp, Paul Bayfield

The FCC’s April 29 Conference: Journalism, Fake News & Tweeting Presidents

The FCC’s Journalism Day is back on Saturday, April 29! Join us for a day of discussion, learning and networking with some of the region’s most talented journalists! To reserve your place at the conference (and choose workshops) please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QR68LM3

Our illustrious speakers include:
Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker (via Video Link)
Kristie Lu Stout, Anchor & Correspondent, CNN International
Gary Liu, CEO, SCMP
Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times
Paul Mozur, Asia Technology Correspondent, The New York Times
Irene Jay Liu, News Lab Lead, Google

Click here to see the full, all-star programme: http://www.fcchk.org/files/20170429JD/FCC_Journalism_Conference_One_Page_20170329.pdf

The conference, held on Saturday, 29 April 2017, will run from 9AM to 6:30PM. It will include breakfast, lunch and evening drinks (Members: HK$495, Guests: HK$595).

For those of you with a spouse member, please forward this email to your spouse so that they may book as a member.

– A confirmation will be sent to you by email once your booking is accepted, if you do not receive confirmation within 5 working days after completing the booking, please contact [email protected]
– No cancellations will be accepted after midnight on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Clare Hollingworth: a life in pictures

Legendary reporter and much beloved FCC member Clare Hollingworth has died at age 105.

Clare had a remarkable career as a foreign correspondent, beginning with the scoop of the century when she reported the start of World War II.

Club announcement: Clare Hollingworth

Clare HollingworthThe FCC is very sad to announce the passing of its much beloved member Clare Hollingworth at age 105.

Clare had a remarkable career as a foreign correspondent, beginning with the scoop of the century when she reported the start of World War II.

FCC president Tara Joseph said: “We are very sad to hear about Clare’s passing. She was a tremendous inspiration to us all and a treasured member of our club. We were so pleased that we could celebrate her 105th birthday with her this past year.”

Details of the funeral arrangements and a wake at the club will be announced later.

Read more: Tributes from around the world as Clare turned 105 

FCC Announces Journalism Conference 2017 Programme

 The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong’s journalism conference is back by popular demand!

To be held on Saturday, April 29, the day will feature practical workshops and discussions by panels of experts relevant to journalists at all stages of their careers: topics will range from fake news to virtual reality, drone videos, making the best of social media, how to pitch stories and how to sell the Hong Kong story to an international audience and reporting in China, plus many more.

Click here to see this year’s programme

Speakers include reporters and editors from major news organisations such as The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, BBC, the Financial Times, Agence France-Presse, the Guardian, the South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asian Review, Le Monde and Al Jazeera and Quartz.

 

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QR68LM3

The FCC Journalism Conference Returns — Saturday, April 29, 2017

Save the date for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong’s second journalism conference, back by popular demand.

The day will feature practical workshops and discussions by panels of experts relevant to journalists at all stages of their careers: Topics will range from fake news to virtual reality, drone videos, making the best of social media, how to pitch stories and how to sell the Hong Kong story to an international audience and reporting in China, plus many more.

Speakers include reporters and editors from major news organisations such as The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, BBC, Time, the Financial Times and Quartz.

Details will be sent out along with booking forms in mid-March, with preferential early sign up for Correspondent and Journalist members.

Invitation for Tender (AV Services 2017) – CLOSED

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is looking for a suitable individual or company to carry out the following project:

 

Design an audio-visual system that will allow a central video & audio control hub (AV cabinet, Main Dining Room) to route video and audio from multiple sources (terrestrial digital TV, broadband TV, cable TV, computer, DVD/BluRay-player, HDMI video camera feed, audio feed) to TV screens, LCD projectors and speakers on four levels (Main Dining Room, Verandah, Burton Rom, Hugh’s Room, Main Bar & Lounge, The Bunker and Bert’s) of the club. And allow live video recording and streaming from the Main Dining Room and Verandah (internet connection provided by the club). The signal quality for video is HD (1920×1280, 16:9 ration) with an optional upgrade path to 4K. The system should provide ease-of-use for non-technical staff to operate (optional wireless control function on four levels). Output equipment should be integrated in interior design wherever possible.

 

Existing Hardware

1/F Main Dining Room (3x LCD projector, 3x projection screen, speakers)

1/F Verandah (7x TV, speakers)

M/F Burton Rom (1x TV, speakers)

M/F Hugh’s Room (1x TV, 1x LCD projector, 1x projection screen, speakers)

G/F Main Bar & Lounge (4x TV, 2x LCD projector, 2x projection screen, speakers)

G/F The Bunker (1x TV, speakers)

B/F Bert’s (4x TV, speakers)

B/F Gym (2x TV)

 

Required Video & Audio Output Zones

Zone 01 1/F Main Dining Room (3x LCD projector, 3x projection screen, speakers)

Zone 02 1/F Verandah (7x TV, speakers)

Zone 03 M/F Burton Rom (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 04 M/F Hugh’s Room (1x TV, 1x LCD projector, speakers)

Zone 05 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, North Corner (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 06 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, East Corner (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 07 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, South Corner (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 08 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, West Corner (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 09 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, Lower Albert Road (1x LCD projector, 1x projection screen, speakers)

Zone 10 G/F Main Bar & Lounge, Wyndham Street (1x LCD projector, 1x projection screen, speakers)

Zone 11 G/F The Bunker (1x TV, speakers)

Zone 12 B/F Bert’s (4x TV, speakers)

Zone 13 B/F Gym (2x TV)

Zone 14 Web Streaming

 

Required Hardware Upgrades (use existing hardware unless it is not HD compatible)

Central Control Hub (video & audio, with optional wireless control function on four levels)

Zone 01 – 3x LCD projector (HD format, 5000 lumen)

Zone 09 – 1x LCD projector (HD format, 5000 lumen)

Zone 10 – 1x LCD projector (HD format, 5000 lumen)

Zone 05 to Zone 11 – upgrade speakers, wireless microphone

 

 

As we have a fixed working schedule for ceiling works on the Ground Floor (Main Bar & Lounge, The Bunker) from February 20 until March 19, 2017, time is of the essence.

We expect some hardware order time to delay the final installation beyond March 19, but require the successful tender to provide cabling schematics in time for the ducting to be installed during that schedule period. Therefore we propose an installation in phases.

 

Phase 1

Draw up cable ducting schematics (for AV installation on all floors) for installation by the main contractor’s electrician.

 

Phase 2

Cabling of all video/sound output devices and system implementation.

 

Phase 3

Staff training.

 

Date for site visit: THU 5 or FRI 6 of January

 

DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION: Friday 13 January 2017 at noon

 

Interested parties please submit your tender & a copy of your business registration before the deadline via email at <[email protected]> or by post to:

FCC

North Block

2 Lower Albert Road

Central HK

 

Please quote and indicate “Tender for AV Services 2017” on your tender submission.

 

Any questions should be directed to the undersigned or our Administration, Ms Joanne Chung at (tel) 2844 2830 or (email) [email protected]

 

 

 

Human Rights Press Awards entry date extended

 

Human Rights Press Awards

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE
(如需閱讀中文文稿請向下捲動)

THE 21st ANNUAL
HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS 2016
ORGANISED BY
THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS’ CLUB, HONG KONG
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HONG KONG, HONG KONG JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION
Asia’s most prestigious honours recognising outstanding human rights reporting are now open for entry. The goal of the Awards is to increase respect for people’s basic rights and to focus attentions on threats to those freedoms.

Submissions must have been published or broadcast during the past calendar year between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. The entry deadline has been extended to 5 February 2017. All entries must be reported from the Asia region. Submissions must be in either English or Chinese. Categories include text and print, editorials & commentary, radio, TV, photography, cartoons and multi-media.

IMPORTANT: Each entry must clearly cite the specific Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the work seeks to address. The full document can be seen here:
www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

The entry registration is at:
https://humanrightspress.awardsplatform.com/

For further information, please visit:
http://humanrightspressawards.org

Other contacts:

The University of Hong Kong (award administrator): [email protected]  / (852) 3917-1155
Foreign Correspondents’ Club: (852) 2521-1511
Amnesty International Hong Kong: (852) 2300-1250 Ms. Mabel Au
Hong Kong Journalists Association: (852) 2591-0692

 

二零一六年第廿一屆人權新聞獎

已開始接受報名!

香港外國記者會
國際特赦組織(香港)
香港記者協會
主辦

第廿一屆人權新聞獎已公開接受報名,歡迎新聞工作者參加這個亞洲最著名的人權新聞獎。設立獎項的目的,旨在提高社會人士對基本人權的認識和尊重﹑並關注人權受到威脅的情況。

參選作品必需屬亞洲區的人權議題採訪報道,內容必須為《世界人權宣言》內保障之各項權利。

注意事項:參選作品必須曾於二零一六年一月一日至二零一六年十二月三十一日期間刊出或公開播放。參加者必須註明參選作品與《世界人權宣言》中哪一條人權宣言有關。

《世界人權宣言》網址:www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

類別:作品種類分為報章、雜誌、評論和分析、新聞攝影、電視及錄像、電台、漫畫及多媒體中、英文作品及圖片作品。

提名:歡迎公眾人士提名作品參選,參加者亦可自行提名。

報名表格可於以下網址下載:
https://humanrightspress.awardsplatform.com/

如有查詢:
http://humanrightspressawards.org

其它聯絡方式
香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心(新聞獎管理) : [email protected]  / (852) 3917-1155
香港外國記者會﹕ (852)2521-1511
國際特赦組織(香港)﹕區美寶小姐(852)2300-1250
香港記者協會﹕(852)2591-0692

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