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Statement from the Board of Governors of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong

The FCC would like to thank the Hong Kong Police Force for ensuring the safety of all who attended today’s lunchtime event featuring Andy Chan of the Hong Kong National Party, and for organising the flow of traffic and pedestrians around the club during the street demonstrations for and against the event. The FCC board is also grateful to the operational staff of the club for hosting a successful lunch during sometimes difficult circumstances.

The event was one of the FCC’s regular lunchtime sessions featuring academics, businesspeople, activists, artists, politicians and others with a wide range of opinions and backgrounds. The FCC stands for freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Hong Kong and across Asia, and neither endorses nor opposes the views of its various speakers and panellists.

We also thank the Fire Services Department for its prompt response to what we believe to have been a hoax call from outside the building announcing that there was a fire or fire alarm activation at the club shortly before the event began. There was in fact no fire and no alarm had been activated.

The FCC is a club with some 2,000 members, including foreign correspondents, local journalists, diplomats, businesspeople, professionals, and serving and former Hong Kong government officials.

FCC Board of Governors

14 August 2018


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