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FCC Mission

The FCC promotes and facilitates journalism of the highest standard, and defends press freedom in Hong Kong and across the region.

We will speak out on behalf of our fellow journalists and correspondents, work to ensure they can operate freely and without interference and strive to provide the best resources and information we can to the community.

The FCC is a private members club that is open to all views.

(Resolved at the Board of Governors Meeting on 16 July 2022)


FCC Policy on Statements

The FCC recognises that public statements in support of press freedom are a core component of its mission, to which it remains strongly committed.

The FCC will continue to issue public statements regarding the defence of press freedom in Hong Kong and across the region.

The responsibility for drafting such statements lies with the Press Freedom Committee; the final say on whether a statement should be published lies with the club’s board of governors.

If a majority of the board raises concerns about the legal risk of issuing a statement, the board of governors will seek advice from practising lawyers experienced in giving legal advice to international media. When such legal advice is sought, it will be shared with the board in writing.
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September 8, 2022
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following response to the FCC's statement on the arrest of Ronson Chan, chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association: The spokesperson of the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly re...
September 7, 2022
The FCC notes with concern today’s arrest of the chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Ronson Chan. The club is monitoring the situation very closely. The police have stated that Mr. Chan was arrested after he repeatedly refused requests to show his ID. He was detained on suspi...
June 29, 2022
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is deeply concerned by reports that some media outlets have been restricted from covering official events around the inauguration of Chief Executive-designate John Lee and the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. At least 10 journalists...
June 17, 2022
The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong is concerned by reports that some media outlets have been restricted from covering official events around the inauguration of Chief Executive-designate John Lee and the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. Media reports have stated that...
May 3, 2022
Message from the President on World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2022 As we mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, we should pause and remember the many journalists and media workers killed so far this year in Ukraine while covering the conflict and in other trouble spots including Afg...
March 22, 2022
The deaths of at least four journalists covering the war in Ukraine as of this writing is a sobering reminder of the dangers all journalists face when covering conflict and trying to provide truthful, independent reporting to the world. Ukrainian photojournalist Yevhenii Sakun was killed in an...
February 10, 2022
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is concerned about the arrest of Kashmir journalist Fahad Shah under India’s anti-terrorism law. Shah, who is the founding editor of The Kashmir Walla, was awarded the 25th Human Rights Press Awards in 2021 in explanatory feature writing for his coverag...
February 1, 2022
Foreign journalists in China face growing threats of harassment and intimidation, while news organizations there are operating at drastically reduced staffing levels, according to an annual report on working conditions by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China. “As the number of journalists...
December 30, 2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following response to the FCC's statement on the raid of Stand News: The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly rejected misleading comments of a spokespe...
December 29, 2021
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is deeply concerned over the arrests of six journalists and individuals associated with Stand News, including former directors. More than 200 officers raided the newsroom of the online news outlet on Wednesday morning. The FCC notes that Ronson Chan,...
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