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Hong Kong Free Press’ Kris Cheng, left, and CNN’s Kirstie Lu Stout talk about confronting stereotypes at the 3rd FCC Journalism Conference. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
In case you missed it: The FCC’s 3rd Journalism Conference – at a glance

Recap on the FCC’s 3rd Journalism Conference, covering topics from PTSD to investigative reporting.

Finding the right thing to say is never easy…

A reflection on how we struggle to know what to say to someone as they near the end of their life.

Winning lineup: Reporters and photographers who won awards, and the judges who reviewed their work
Human Rights Press Awards: Bringing light to the darkest of stories

The Correspondent spoke to six winners about their work and what winning a Human Rights Press Award means to them.

History comes home: Late FCC member Walter Kent bequeaths memorabilia

Illustrations and a clock among items donated by the estate of long-time member Walter Kent, who died in 2016.

Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei-fung
Johnnie To, the quiet giant of Hong Kong cinema

Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei-fung looks back on his 45 years in the film industry.

Book review: How to buy a house, or a love hotel, in Japan

Anyone interested in taking a plunge, a punt, or at least dipping a toe, in the Japanese property market had best read this book.

George with his hard-working team in the club’s newly refurbished kitchen.
George has left the kitchen: Executive chef retires after 11 years at FCC

George came to the FCC in 2007 after working as second chef at the Hong Kong Football Club for six years.

Fake news laws: How Asia’s governments are turning to statute books to silence journalists

New laws that critics decry as impeding free speech are making their way to the statute books in record time, writes Jane Moir.

Introducing… FCC new members July 2018

The latest group of members to join the FCC is, as always, an interesting bunch.

A Rohingya man carries a load of bamboo which he will use to build his family’s hut. Photo by Greg Constantine.
On The Wall: Exiled To Nowhere – Burma’s Rohingya

Photojournalist Greg Constantine has been documenting the persecution of the stateless Rohingya for more than 12 years.

Photo: Lukas Birk
On The Wall: Yangon Studio Photography 1960-1980

This exhibition showed studio images taken between 1962 and 1985 in Yangon.

Garry Marchant died at home on December 23.
Obituary: Garry Marchant, the peace correspondent

Globetrotting Gaz, a wise man with a taste for what’s good in life.

Photo: Miguelitor
Pictures: Hong Kong seen through the lens of Miguel Marina Rodriguez

Better known in photographic circles as Miguelitor, his candid and quirky style of street photography is “locally-grown” and has been inspired by Hong Kong’s street scenes and the people he found in them.

Photo: Vincent Yu/Associated Press
Pictures: North Korea – one party state machine

See Hong Kong-born photographer Vincent Yu’s award-winning pictures from North Korea.

Elizabeth Taylor at The Peninsula Lobby
Profile: Lynn Grebstad – the Peninsula PR woman who made Hollywood stars feel welcome in Hong Kong

In this member profile, Lynn recalls meeting, among many others, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Hackman, and David Soul who was making a TV series called Harry’s Hong Kong.

Facebook still struggling against tide of fake news

Fake news continues to haunt social media sites. Facebook, for one, still struggles despite its well publicised steps to deal with it. 

What's going to be the big trend for social media in 2018? Photo: Pixabay
Social media trends 2018: forget Facebook, it’s all about messaging apps

With a growing number of news organisations pouring additional resources into delivering their content via the big social platforms, the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appear to hold all the cards.

Sir David Tang's last visit to the FCC was in February 2016. Photo: FCC
Obituary: Sir David Tang

David Tang had a long connection with the FCC: as a speaker on four occasions from the early 90s; and as a friend to a number of members.

Canada’s Globe and Mail Asia correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe used Twitter to spread word of his detention.
Twitter to the rescue for American journalists detained in China

The two journalists were detained in separate incidents by Chinese police in August and managed to alert their employers — and followers — via Twitter about their predicament.

FCC new members, Nov/Dec 2017
Introducing… FCC new members, Nov/Dec 2017

As you would expect there’s a healthy mix of Correspondents, Journalists and Associates – and all have interesting tales to tell – so if you see a new face at the bar, please make them feel welcome.

Stephen King in his book “Grave New World” argues that globalisation has pretty much run its course.
Book review – Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History

The book’s dystopian premise offers the author the opportunity to demonstrate his erudition and ability to draw in multiple sources to reinforce the case that globalisation has, in all likelihood, pretty much run its course, writes Gavin Greenwood.

That’s the way it Crumbles, by Matthew Engel
Book review: Is (British) English a goner?

Right from the start, the author of this delightful book about the eternal feud between Britons and Americans over how their common language famously divides them seems to leave little doubt about where his sympathies lie.

Photo: CarstenSchael.com
Reciprocal clubs: The FCC visits Northern Club, Auckland, New Zealand

Despite its history of almost 150 years, the club’s facilities are providing modern conveniences (including a lift and fast Internet access) combined with the charm of a bygone era, writes Carsten Schael.

Moriarty hosting the 17th Human Rights Press Awards which he co-founded.
Francis Moriarty: radioman of the people

He’s the man who explained Hong Kong politics to the average RTHK listener, and of course the co-founder of the Human Rights Press Awards. Annemarie Evans pays tribute to Francis Moriarty as he relocates to his native U.S.

Sapa road towards Dien Bien Phu against the Mount Fansipan ranges
Get your motor runnin’… The highs and lows of photojournalist Richard Dobson’s Vietnam road trip

Four years ago photojournalist Richard Dobson realised a long-held ambition to drive his bike from Saigon to Hanoi the hard way, avoiding the busy coastal road and seeing as much of the interior as possible.

Protesters hold placards and chant during a demonstration against Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she attends an event at the Guildhall in the City of London on May 8. Photo: AFP/Chris J Ratcliffe
Press freedom plumbs fresh depths in Southeast Asia

China’s harsh brand of media control has served as a role model for its neighbours south of the border where bright spots are hard to find, writes Luke Hunt.

Joshua Wong, centre, with fellow Umbrella Movement leaders Nathan Law, left, and Alex Chow, addresses the assembled media before their sentencing on August 17. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP
Outpouring of support for Hong Kong’s jailed pro-democracy activists

Politicians from both sides of the Atlantic joined with Hong Kong-based rights groups, lawmakers, student leaders and pro-democracy groups in criticising the Hong Kong government, saying the appeals were political decisions.

When Chinese bloggers started using the name and image of Winnie the Pooh as a substitute for Xi Jinping to avoid censorship of their posts, Chinese authorities reacted swiftly and banned the cute cartoon character. Photo: Weibo
Closing the net: What lies ahead for China under new cyber security laws?

New cyber security laws in China are making life ever-harder for information-based businesses, particularly foreign journalists operating there. Jane Moir takes a closer look at the impact of the new rules.

Welcome to the FCC's newest members. Photo: FCC
Introducing… FCC new members, Sep/Oct 2017

We profile the latest members – all have interesting tales to tell – so if you see a new face at the bar, please make them feel welcome.

Why joining the FCC was written in the stars for jazz singer Elaine Liu

Photographer, singer and musician Elaine Liu has been an FCC member for almost 20 years, but she might never have dropped in had we not been the Fringe Club’s neighbour.

Reporting War - How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II, by Ray Moseley
Book review: Reporting War – How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II

A new book about journalists who covered World War II chronicles the conflict that shot some newly minted war correspondents to stardom, blitzed the reputation of others, scared the hell out of most, and killed scores.

Mark was head of press and media services for the Hong Kong based equestrian events for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Member profile: Mark Pinkstone – a long way from Cootamundra

Club life member, Mark Pinkstone is about to celebrate 50 years working and living in Hong Kong. As Stephen Marshall writes, a lot can happen in a lifetime when you move from Cootamundra to Hong Kong in the wake of the 1967 riots.

Allan Zeman spoke about his life and business at a recent lunch.
Allan Zeman: C.Y. Leung’s ‘divisive’ personality alienated Hong Kong’s politically active young

Prominent business leader, long-time Hong Kong resident and Chinese citizen Allan Zeman was guest speaker at a Club luncheon where he discussed his views on the political, economic and commercial future of Hong Kong.

Spanish Tapas Platter: This platter of classic tapas includes marinated anchovies, manchego cheese a selection of cold cuts and delicious prawns. Photo: carstenschael.com
The flavours of Spain and Germany – check out our tasty summer food promotions

September and October see Spanish tapas and German fare as the FCC brings you its popular monthly food and drinks promotions.

FCC backs Asian-American journalists’ association get-together

The FCC co-organised a lively panel discussion and hosted a gala dinner to help mark the return to Hong Kong of New.Now.Next Media Conference – the flagship event of the Asian-American Journalists’ Association’s Asia Chapter.

Technology Reporting – Juro Osawa, Reporter, The Information; Ben Richardson, Managing Editor, Asia Times; Josh Horwitz, Asia Correspondent, Quartz; and Moderator: Natasha Khan, Journalist, Bloomberg News. Photo: Asiapix
Beyond fake news: An in-depth look at the FCC Journalism Conference

George W. Russell offers a roundup of the presentations from guests, major issues covered in the discussion panels, instructive takeaways from workshops and useful feedback from attendees.

Life after the Hong Kong Handover: Hopes, fears and disappointment underline FCC debate

Twenty years after the transfer of sovereignty, the expectations and reality of the handover are again in the spotlight. Jane Moir reports on the FCC’s handover debate.

Clockwise from top left: Bhavan Jaipragas, Malcolm Johnston, Ernest Chi, Silver Kung, Michael Connelly, Alex Williams, Marian Liu, Jean-Charles Viens.
Introducing… FCC new members, July/August 2017

A mix of journalists, correspondents, associates and diplomats – see who the FCC’s newest members are, and buy them a drink at the bar.

Weiboscope: Tracking censorship of China’s most popular social media platform

The instant-messenger app Sina Weibo has been redefined by media as a bellwether of popular opinion. Martin Choi looks at its influence with a study of a University of Hong Kong project that tracks the censorship of microblogging posts.

HKFP's Stanley Leung is surrounded by protesters at the Legco rally. Photo: HKFP
Journalists under attack across Asia

A round-up of the latest incidents involving media organisations around the region.

Phnom Penh falls with barely a fight. The victorious guerrilla forces enter the city from all sides
Cambodia: Years Of Turmoil

Forty years on, a new country is emerging. But this nation is born out of the tragic events of that day, which are engraved on every Cambodian’s mind.

White pigeons take off as Afghans come to feed the birds at the Blue mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif. 25 November 2009. Photo: Paula Bronstein
Afghanistan: Between Hope And Fear

A selection of images from the newly released book of the same title.

The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks.
Slowly, slowly up Kilimanjaro

With the news that Pizza Hut just delivered a pie to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, setting a new record for high-altitude PR stunts, Andrew Davison recalls his experiences in scaling Africa’s highest peak. The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks. In 2014 an old friend came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We’ve still no idea what possessed him to come up with this idea, nor what …

Roy Rowan in Saigon in 1975.
Obituary: Roy Rowan, Time magazine’s last Saigon bureau chief

Roy Rowan died September 13 in Greenwich, Connecticut, aged 96. His passing was no ordinary event. He was the last of what was once a large band of legendary American journalists who covered the Chinese civil war.

Some of the founding members of PEN Hong Kong in September 2016. Photo: PEN
PEN writers’ group reforms in Hong Kong to promote freedom of expression

Few writers may be aware of the role of Marilyn Monroe in the fight for freedom of creative expression, or indeed her connection with the opening of a new flank in that fight in Hong Kong.

Chan: the legal basis for banning pro-independence candidates from standing for election was ‘dubious at best’. Photo: FCC
Anson Chan: Hongkongers face systematic undermining of values and freedoms

Chan, who has been a regular speaker at the Club since the 90s when she was Chief Secretary before and after the handover, spoke about what to do with the troubled Legco and the importance of the Legco elections.

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law have stalled
Hong Kong’s copyright law reform hits a wall

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law towards the US-based “fair-use” treatment of copyright versus the “fair-dealing” approach stall, writes Jonathan Hopfner.

The book The King Never Smiles, by Paul Handley, was banned in Thailand.
Don’t tell the King: The increasing danger of reporting in Thailand

Foreign correspondents have always trod warily around lese majeste, though some of their publications got into strife when they inadvertently did not place a photo of the King at the top of a page, or had someone else’s photo on top of his.

It all began with blue whales

The film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, which will premiere in Hong Kong in October and globally from November, began with the hunt for the elusive blue whale, writes the film’s director and journalist Craig Leeson. In March, 2011, 30 miles off the southern tip of Sri Lanka, a tiny breeze tickles the surface of the Indian Ocean; the heat radiates relentlessly. Three weeks on a 90 metre research vessel has taken its toll: most of the …

Award-winning journalist Ying Chan moves on but not out

Chan set up the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Eyewitness video transforms and challenges the news business

Alison Parker (left) the moment shots ring out during an interview on tourism with Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce director, before she was shot and killed. (AFP screen capture) Following the Nice truck terror attack the French media watchdog, the CSA, issued an appeal for ‘caution’ and ‘restraint’ and the French police called on people to stop uploading images of victims as a sign of respect for them and their families. (CNN screen …

Wong and Law urge self-determination

Student activist and founder of the new party Demosistō Joshua Wong says he believes the use of violence will not help Hong Kong achieve a higher level of democracy. Wong, who is Secretary General of Demosistō, was speaking at an FCC lunch on June 27, along with fellow student activist Nathan Law, formerly the secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and now chairman of Demosistō. Wong said he believes the society should …

How a news story freed Ambon slaves

By Joyce Lau The Human Rights Press Awards celebrated its 20th birthday at the Maritime Museum on May 6, with a standing-room-only crowd of 170 participants, supporters and guests. For the first time, grand-prize winners were given the chance to speak to the audience directly about their experiences. Several flew in from overseas to do so. Esther Htusan, who recently became the first Burmese to win a Pulitzer Prize, caught a 1:30 a.m. flight from …

Future of young democratic politicians

Martin Lee, QC, founding chairman of The Democratic Party and former Legco member, has been a regular FCC guest speaker since the early 1990s. Always an articulate straight-shooter and clear thinker, Lee focused on the rise of young democrats at a lunch on June 16. He also wondered why the FCC would you ask one of Hong Kong’s oldest politicians about the future of young democratic politicians Many have doubts about Hong Kong’s young democratic …

The committees, the conveners and you

With every new FCC Board the conveners of committees often change and renews members’ opportunities for getting involved. If you have some ideas for speakers or other professional events, or are interested in the FCC’s charity events, or F&B, or finance, or the Wall, or press freedom issues; or The Correspondent… then maybe its time for you to join one of the committees or get in touch with the conveners and present your ideas.   …

Social media can have powerful influence on elections

Facebook has been under attack in recent months by US conservatives – worried that Facebook could influence the outcome of the presidential election – for “suppressing conservative news”. While these claims are somewhat overblown, there is no getting away from the fact that Facebook undoubtedly has tremendous power, with some 200 million Americans spending around 30% of their Internet time on Facebook and its properties (WhatsApp, Instagram). A 2014 study determined that some 340,000 people …


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