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FCC Minimum Spend

Please be advised that FCC Minimum Spend, which was rolled over from March, will now appear on members' June statements which will be sent in early July. We are hopeful that current restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks allowing for greater enjoyment of the Club, with a return of popular events such as guest speaker lunches, quiz night, increased banqueting options and longer opening hours. Please remember the minimum spend can be used for the club's extensive take-away menu, including drinks. Additionally, vouchers equivalent to any outstanding minimum spend can be purchased and will be valid for use through to September 2021.
23 June 2021

The Club is moving to Type C under “Vaccine Bubble” on July 1

The Club is moving to Type C under “Vaccine Bubble” on July 1
      
Dear Fellow Members,
I am pleased to be able to share with you some encouraging news.
More than 90% of our FCC staff have so far begun their vaccinations, including those who are medically exempted. Such a high rate will soon allow the Club to gradually increase our operations as we work to return to something more like our pre-pandemic ‘normal’.
Our next goal is to move to the government’s Type C category, which will allow us greater operating flexibility. We will do this effective July 1. Please note: this requires action from members as well as staff.
Type C will enable us to increase table size to six persons from the four allowed under our current Type B category, and to extend the closing time from 10pm until midnight. We hope to expand operations further over the next few months.
To get to Type C, all of our staff must have received at least first dose of a vaccine. We’re confident we will manage this by the end of June.
The change for members is that they and their guests will have to use the government’s Leave Home Safe app to visit the Club. This is a government stipulation and those who do not do so face a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone. The only exception is for visitors under the age of 16, and those 65 or older, who can still fill out a paper form.
Please be aware that individuals – that is, members and their guests – bear responsibility for using the app, not the Club, in case of an inspection and a fine being issued.
We’re looking forward to welcoming more members back to the Club under Type C and also to bringing back more of the atmosphere and buzz that make the Club such a magnet for us all. These measures will also go some way to reducing the financial deficit caused by the restrictions associated with the pandemic.
I expect that in early August, we will be able to go further still and move the first floor to Type D. That would mean the Main Dining Room, the Verandah as well as the Hughes and Burton Rooms could operate with 8 people per table and stay open until 2am. They will also be allowed to have events and functions for up to 100 people. For that to happen, all members using that floor will need to have had at least their first vaccination, or bring a medical exemption certificate along with a negative result from a Covid test taken in the last three days.
We’ll update you on our progress towards that goal in the coming weeks. We plan that the Main Bar and Lounge as well as Bert’s, will continue to operate under Type C even if the first floor goes to Type D.
These are important milestones in our efforts to return to normality and improve the Club’s financial performance and they can be met only with your cooperation and support. Thank you!
Keith Richburg
President
致各位會員:
首先,很高興在此與大家分享一個令人鼓舞的消息。
至目前為止,本會已有超過九成員工開始接種疫苗,包括已取得醫生證明書而獲豁免者,有望能夠逐步地回復到疫情前的正常運作。
由7月1日開始,本會將轉換到C類的運作模式,當中需要會員和員工的一定配合。
由B類轉換到C類的運作模式,每枱人數可由最多4人增加到6人,營業時間由晚上10時延長至午夜12時。我們期望在未來數月可以再進一步恢復一切運作。
為達到C類的運作模式,所有員工必須已接種第一劑疫苗,我們有信心員工會在6月底前完成。
根據政府規例,會員和賓客必須使用「安心出行」進入本會,而該程式需在智能電話下載。若違反規定,可處定額罰款5,000元。至於未滿16 歲,及65歲或以上則可選擇填顧客資料記錄表。
就有關巡查或罰款細則,在此提醒各位會員和賓客,使用「安心出行」應用程式屬個人責任,而非本會。
本會希望C類運作模式可以款待更多會員,亦能帶動更多歡樂氣氛,提高本會的吸引力,同時舒緩因社交距離限制而帶來的財政赤字。
預計8月初開始,一樓樓層將進一步轉換到D類的運作模式,即Main Dining Room、Verandah、名仕閣和漾馨廳可以每枱最多8人,營業時間延長至凌晨2時,宴會人數上限亦可增至100人。為此,所有會員和賓客必須已接種第一劑疫苗,或因健康理由不適合接種者需出示醫生證明書及宴會前3日內檢測結果呈陰性證明。
在未來數星期,我們會定期向大家更新營運進度。儘管一樓樓層轉換到D類的運作模式, Main Bar、Lounge和Bert’s會繼續在C類的模式下運作。
有賴各會員的攜手合作和支持,本會才能努力回復正常運作及改善財政狀況,共同實現這個重要的里程碑。
特此感謝!
瑞凱德
主席

FCC CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FELLOWSHIP

    
      
FCC CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FELLOWSHIP
Applications open until July 14, 2021
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, is accepting applications for the Clare Hollingworth
Fellowship, named after the preeminent and path-breaking journalist.
The Clare Hollingworth Fellowship will honour early career journalists and current journalism school
students in Hong Kong. Journalists and journalism students from all fields of professional study are eligible.
Benefits include full membership, complimentary access to events and networking opportunities. Applications close on July 14. The fellowship will run for one calendar year, 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022.
Please spread the word and forward to friends and colleagues.
For more details on how to apply, visit our website.

Update of COVID-19 “Vaccine Bubble”

    
Update of COVID-19 “Vaccine Bubble”
      
Dear Members,
I wanted to give you an update on where we stand regarding vaccinations since the government introduced its “bubble” program to incentivise people to get inoculated.
We are currently operating what is referred to as Type B catering premises, which means only four allowed to a table and the Club must close at 2200hrs. (Detailed club measures can be found here). To seat larger groups and have longer operating hours under Type C — as well as to increase the capacity for private functions under Type D — our entire Club community will need to play a part. This means everyone getting vaccinated. It will also mean everyone using the Leave Home Safe app as required by the government rules. These steps will allow the Club to gain the most and bring us back to financial stability, which is crucial for our long term future.
The Club has already been encouraging our staff to get vaccinated and supporting them in doing so. Our General Manager this month sent a personal letter to staff sharing his vaccination experience and followed it with a town hall with staff on May 14th. On May 25th and Jun 3rd, we have invited all staff to attend a Covid-19 vaccine talk conducted by a doctor, where concerns and questions can be addressed. HR is talking with those staff who have serious concerns.
With all of this, we hope we will have 100% of our staff having either their first, or both injections, within two months. That will allow us to move from Type B to Type C. Members should note that for Type C, it will also be mandatory for all members and guests, between the ages of 16 to 65 years old, to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code with their mobile phone when checking in. We would no longer be able to accept paper registrations.
Our goal is to eventually reach Type D, which would allow us to open for longer, seat even larger groups and, perhaps most importantly, resume functions of up to 100 people under some conditions and thus begin generating revenue again from hosting events – a critical step in being able to reduce our current financial deficits. Type D needs all staff to be fully vaccinated and all members and guests to have had at least a first jab, in addition everyone using the “LeaveHomeSafe” app to enter the Club.
To this end, we’d like to understand how members feel about Covid-19 vaccinations and their plans for getting inoculated, so that we can better understand the potential demand for increasing capacity as explained above.
The survey is anonymous and literally takes seconds to complete.
I thank you in advance for participating. The link to the online survey can be found here.
Keith Richburg
President
Enclosure: Restaurants ‘vaccine bubble’ arrangement
 

FCC Election and AGM Reminders

FCC Election and AGM Reminders
      
Dear FCC Members:
Please remember to vote in the upcoming election for the Board of Governors. Polling closes on May 20 at 3 p.m. A ballot has been sent to the address you have listed. If your address has changed — if, for instance, you are working from home and your ballot is usually sent to your work address — please let the front office know at [email protected]
Ballots can be returned to the FCC via mail, courier or in person. If you are having trouble returning your ballot please let the front office know.
There are competitive races in all governor categories, so your vote is important. You can review the board of governors’ ballot and policy statements on the FCC website.
It’s also important to return your proxy voting form if you will be unable to attend the club’s annual general meeting, to be held on Tuesday May 25 at 6 p.m. The proxy form allows you to designate the chair of the AGM to vote on your behalf or to designate a member attending the AGM to vote in your place. (Download proxy form)
Thank you and remember to vote and turn in your proxies.
11 May 2021

WINNERS OF 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED | 2021年人權新聞獎公佈結果

WINNERS OF 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
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HONG KONG, May 6, 2021 — In a year of a pandemic lockdowns, political upheaval in Hong Kong, and protests across the region, the winning entries in the Human Rights Press Awards (HRPA) showcase courage and originality of journalistic storytelling about human rights in Asia.

Radio Television Hong Kong won the Chinese-language documentary award for its investigation into the Yuen Long attack of July 2019, which saw an armed mob beat commuters and protesters inside a subway station. “Chasing the smallest clues, interrogating the powerful without fear or favor. An investigative reporting classic,” the judging panel said of the video entry by freelance producer Bao Choy and 5 other colleagues.

A deep dive by the BBC on “China’s ‘Tainted’ Cotton” won the English-language Multimedia award. The work illustrated the potential scale of forced labor involving hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang’s cotton industry. The judges said the entry, by journalists John Sudworth, Kathy Long, Wang Xiqing, Kathryn Westcott and James Percy adds to the BBC’s “brave, comprehensive and groundbreaking body of work on a subject that is of continuing, and crucial, international relevance.”

View the full list of winners and runners-up here

Now in the 25th year, the HRPA is Asia’s most prestigious celebration of journalism that raises awareness of human rights issues and shines a light on threats to freedom.

There were a record 549 submissions in all formats, up by 12.5% compared to last year.

The winning entries included the “Fruits of Labor” by the Associated Press, which won the English-language Investigative Feature Writing award for “illustrating a clear link between the harrowing stories in the plantations to decisions by financiers and consumers, who can make a change.”

An account of the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in China, titled “‘End of the World:’ A Pandemic Begins in Wuhan” by Agence France-Presse won the English-language Breaking News Writing award. “The story of 2020, the public health story of a generation, told at great literal risk, global consequences,” the panel of judges said of the story.

Reports on the Indian government’s targeting of its sizeable Muslim minority won awards in the Explanatory Feature Writing and Short Video categories. Reports on how India’s caste system exacerbates the socioeconomic effects of pandemic lockdowns, Afghanistan’s female police officers, China’s growing intolerance, and Hong Kong’s “invisible red lines” were among other award-winning entries.

The Chinese-language winners also chronicled Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong following the 2019 protests, including the imposition of a new national security law.

A report by Deutsche Welle on two protesters who were shot by the police took the Short Video prize, while a comprehensive report by Initium Media on the thousands of people arrested and charged in connection with the Hong Kong protests took the Multimedia prize.

An investigation by Apple Daily, which used flight-tracking data to question the Hong Kong government’s account that it was unaware of a group of activists seeking to flee to Taiwan by speedboat, took the Investigative Feature Writing award. A report by Mirror Media, drawing on what judges praised as deep and probing interviews with Hong Kong protesters on their reactions to the crackdown, won the Explanatory Feature writing award.

The People’s Choice Award received 21,723 online votes, with the public choosing their favorite photo from a selection of six outstanding images. The winning shot, “Little Brother and Little Sister” by Fung Hoi Kin of Ming Pao, showed two underage siblings being detained by riot police during a protest.

HRPA is organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

There will not be a 2021 awards ceremony as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All the prize-winning photographs, including runners-up, will be displayed at the Hong Kong FCC and are open to public viewing.

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2021年人權新聞獎公佈結果
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香港,2021年5月6日 — 過去一年,經歷致命病毒大流行,香港的政治動盪及亞洲各地的示威活動等,人權新聞獎(HRPA)的獲獎作品彰顯了新聞工作者報道與亞洲人權相關的新聞時的勇氣和獨創性。 

香港電台《7.21誰主真相》針對2019年7月元朗襲擊事件的調查報道而獲得中文紀錄片大獎。作品由自由身新聞編導蔡玉玲及5位新聞工作者共同製作,報道呈現事發時在港鐵站內,手持武器的暴民無差別襲擊乘客和示威者。評審讚揚作品:「追蹤最細微線索,無畏無懼,詰問強權。調查報道經典。」

英國廣播公司(BBC)的《中國製的「血棉花」》報道奪得英文多媒體大奬。該報道對新疆棉花產業進行深入研究,說明了強迫勞動的潛在規模,當中涉及成千上萬的維吾爾人和其他少數民族。評審讚謂:「記者在這持續且在國際意義上至關重要的主題上展現其勇氣,作品全面而具開創性。」

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人權新聞獎今年踏入第25屆,一直致力提高人們對人權及自由的關注,是亞洲享負盛名的新聞界盛事。今屆我們共收到549份參賽作品,數目為歷年之冠,增幅為12.5%。

獲獎作品包括美聯社的《勞動成果》,它闡明了資本家和消費者所作的決定如何令棕櫚種植園的工人逐步被剝削及他們的苦況。該作品贏得英文調查專題大奬。

法新社的《「世界末日」: 世紀病毒始於武漢》報道了新型冠狀病毒在中國爆發初期的故事,獲得了英文突發新聞大獎。 評審說:「2020年的故事,一代人的公共衞生事件,冒着巨大風險而成的報道,為全球帶來影響。」

以印度政府針對其龐大的穆斯林少數族群為題材的報道贏得了英文解釋性特寫和短片大獎。其他獲奬的報道包括《阿富汗女警》,《中國越來越無法容忍反對聲音》以及《無形的紅線》等。

中文組別的獲勝者記錄了在2019年反修例運動之後北京對香港的鎮壓行動,包括實施新的國家安全法。德國之聲一段關於示威者被警察槍傷後的新聞故事獲得了短片大獎,而端傳媒的《大檢控,香港人所經歷的拘捕和審判》呈現了因反修例運動相關罪行而被捕和被控的年青人的故事,獲得多媒體大獎。

蘋果日報的 《踢爆港府密謀12人送中 警坐定翼機 監視偷渡艇》獲得中文調查專題大獎。該報道利用飛行數據質疑香港政府聲稱對12 港人試圖以快艇逃到台灣並不知情的說法。鏡傳媒的《從「沒有臉孔的人」到「沒有聲音的人」系列:香港抗爭者群像,與國安法落地後的港人群像追蹤報道》,就香港示威者面對政權的鎮壓作出深入的報道,得到評審們的讚揚,並獲得解釋性特寫大獎。

「一人一票最佳新聞圖片獎」讓公眾從六張優秀的新聞圖片選出心頭好,投票期內一共收到21,723票,大獎最終由作品「 年少的兄妹」奪得。作品由《明報》的馮凱鍵拍攝,相片捕捉了一對路經示威現場的未成年兄妹被捕一刻。

人權新聞獎由香港外國記者會、國際特赦組織香港分會及香港記者協會合辦。因應新型冠狀病毒疫情持續,2021年人權新聞獎將不會舉辦頒獎禮。所有獲獎攝影作品將於香港外國記者會公開展出。

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FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place

FCC Restrictions Continue To Remain In Place
      
Dear Members:
The Hong Kong government has announced a series of requirements to relax some anti-virus restrictions with conditions with “vaccine bubble” as the basis. While we would very much like to relax restrictions throughout the Club’s outlets right away, this would depend on the vaccination status of staff and members and guests. The exercise to encourage staff to get vaccinated is ongoing and more staff will get vaccinated in the coming month, and we will continue to review the situation and implement relaxation of restrictions in outlets wherever and whenever possible. Your understanding is much appreciated.
In the meanwhile, the Club will continue all the recent measures, which means under “Type B mode of Operation” as follows:
               
Four people will be allowed at tables in all outlets and the number of guests per member is now extended to three.
All restaurants will close at 10 p.m. every day. Last orders for food will be 9 p.m. while last orders for drinks will be 9:30 p.m. Any food or drink should not be consumed in areas adjacent to the FCC after 10 p.m.
The takeaway menu is available from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., though last orders must be made by 9 p.m. The menu can be downloaded from our website at fcchk.org. Please place orders with the FCC Restaurant at 2844 2806 or [email protected]. Orders will be confirmed by a phone call.
The gym will reopen yet the sauna and steam room remain closed. No more than four people are allowed at a time. Wearing a mask while exercising is required in the gym. Please pre-register with the gym attendant at 2844 2849.
Banqueting will continue except for cocktail parties, and distancing and mask-wearing while not eating or drinking are being enforced. The number of participants per event is limited to 20, with four to a table until 10 p.m. Please contact the banquet team at 2844 2838 or [email protected] to book.
Live performances are suspended.
All outlets are restricted to 50% capacity. Please book ahead.
The workroom is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be reminded that wearing a mask is required and phone or video meeting is not allowed. Be considerate of others on the volume of phone conversation.
All member and guest are required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code displayed at the entrance of the club with their mobile phones, or register the personal details, and date of visit and time at the front desk when checking in.
               
In keeping with government requirements and best practices, all members, guests and staff must wear face masks except when eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer must be used. The FCC will continue the temperature-taking and declaration measures upon entry to the club, as well as the frequent cleaning protocols throughout the building. Please inform the staff if you are concerned that any of the rules are not being followed.
People who have traveled overseas can only visit the club after completing the quarantine arrangement according to the government’s latest measures, except for exempted persons.
Thank you for your continued support of the FCC.
30 April 2021

Hong Kong Police Force Responds to the FCC’s Letter to the Commissioner of Police Regarding ‘Fake News’

The Hong Kong Police Force Public Relations Branch has issued this response to the FCC’s letter to Commissioner of Police Chris Tang regarding his recent comments on “fake news”, which is posted in full below.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Responds to the FCC’s Statement on Journalist Bao Choy



The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR issued the following response to the FCC’s statement regarding the prosecution of journalist Bao Choy:

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the unwarranted remarks by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong (FCC) and certain other external forces about the Hong Kong judiciary’s trial of a case related to false statements. Such comments openly vilified the SAR Government and trampled upon the rule of law on the pretext of press freedom, and constituted a blatant interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs.

The spokesperson said that Hong Kong is governed by the rule of law, where the law shall be strictly abided by, any lawbreaker shall be held accountable, and no organization or individual shall be above the law. The fact for the particular case was clear and the evidence solid. Both the Hong Kong police’s arrest of the suspect and the judicial proceedings complied with the law and had nothing to do with press freedom, which is enshrined in the Basic Law of the HKSAR and the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. Some external forces, however, have tried to exploit the case and distorted the truth by alleging that press freedom is stifled in Hong Kong. It has only laid bare their ulterior motive to seek privileges above the law under the guise of press freedom, obstruct the SAR Governmnent’s law-based governance, and undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. But such wishful thinking will only come to naught.

The spokesperson emphasized that since the anti-amendment unrest, the Hong Kong police have lived up to their duty and rigorously enforced the law with admiring professionalism and commitment for the purpose of safeguarding national security and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and protecting Hong Kong resident’s interests and well-being. The Hong Kong community and all those who love both the city and the country have born testimony to the fact. We firmly support the SAR Government’s law-based governance, and support the Hong Kong police’s legitimate efforts to combat violence and crime, uphold law and order, and ensure the continuous success of “One Country, Two Systems”.

The spokesperson reiterated that Hong Kong is part of China. We urge the FCC and relevant external forces to face the facts, know their place, truly respect Hong Kong’s rule of law and judicial independence, and avoid saying one thing but doing another, still less meddle with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs at large on the pretext of press freedom.

An Open Letter to Commissioner of Police Chris Tang Regarding His Comments on Prosecuting ‘Fake News’

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong on 22 April delivered a letter to Commissioner of Police Chris Tang seeking clarity regarding his recent comments on prosecuting “fake news.” The FCC is publishing the letter in full below.


Related: How ‘Fake News’ Legislation Stifles Critical Reporting

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