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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.

The board of governors will seek advice from practising lawyers experienced in giving legal advice to international media to help with issuing statements. When such legal advice is sought, it will be shared with the board in writing. Members are welcome to review the full “Press Freedom Statement Publication Process” document at the front desk.

Get in touch

The Press Freedom Committee monitors press freedom issues in Hong Kong and around the region and welcomes input from members. If any member wishes to bring a press freedom issue to the committee’s attention, please email: [email protected].

(Resolved at the Board of Governors Meeting on 24 June 2023)
September 14, 2023
     The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong calls for the release of Sai Zaw Thaike, a photojournalist unjustly sentenced to a lengthy prison term by a military court in Myanmar. Sai Zaw Thaike was sentenced on Sept. 6 to 20 years in prison with hard labor for h...
August 29, 2023
       The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is deeply troubled by what amounts to the forced closure of The Kashmir Walla, one of the last remaining independent news outlets in Indian-administered Kashmir.   The Kashmir Walla, founded more than a decade ago and known for its hum...
July 5, 2023
An anonymous survey of the FCC’s Correspondent and Journalist members reveals that many are finding the working conditions in Hong Kong to be increasingly difficult. This finding, if taken as a true indication of the sentiment amongst other members, is an alarming reflection of the current sta...
June 9, 2023
       The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong (FCC) expresses concern over the termination of prominent Hong Kong political cartoonist Wong Kei-Kwan's comic series.   Wong's cartoons, published under the pseudonym Zunzi, ceased to be published in loca...
May 29, 2023
       The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong (FCC) is concerned that several media outlets were barred by the Hong Kong government from covering a National Security Education Day event on Saturday 15 April, 2023.   Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), a gove...
May 3, 2023
Press Freedom Survey 2023        Dear Correspondent/Journalist members, To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the FCC press freedom committee is launching the second survey of its Journalist and Correspondent members for their thoughts on whether and how the env...
February 15, 2023
The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong is deeply troubled by the forced closure of Cambodia's leading independent media outlet, Voice of Democracy. Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered VOD’s licence revoked, effective Monday, over what he said was an erroneous report about his eldest son. The p...
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...
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