BLOG – Hong Kong Free Press: News & Updates, The Final Push 3

Hong Kong Free Press is a new, upcoming English-language news source for the city. Free-of-charge, not-for-profit and completely independent, HKFP is set to launch at the end of June. 

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Hong Kong Free Press cyber-attack

On Monday, the Hong Kong Free Press website was targeted in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber-attack.

It was a significant attack appearing to originate in Amsterdam, but we are unable to tell who was behind it or where it came from. Our website was down for half-a-day. Behind the preview page at, we are busy polishing the site design and will begin building content from this Friday.

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“It is curious as to why Hong Kong Free Press would be attacked, as we have yet to launch the site and have said that we intend to be as impartial as possible, welcoming voices from all sides of the political debate. Crude cyber-attacks will not hinder our launch and we now have a top team of experts on board to ensure we’re well-prepared,” said HKFP co-director Tom Grundy.

Hong Kong Free Press doubles number of staff

Since the start of our crowdfunding campaign, Hong Kong Free Press has doubled in size. We have taken on two full-time reporters: Vivienne Zeng & Vicky Wong – both of whom have just completed an MA in journalism at the University of Hong Kong. We are also taking on two summer interns: Ryan Kilpatrick and Eric Cheung.

They will join Ellie Ng, Arthur Lo and co-directors Tom Grundy and Evan Fowler.

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Crowd-funding ends next Monday – aiming for a new record.

HKFP’s crowd funding campaign is nearing our new target of HK$500,000 and ends Monday, June 8th. Our campaign is the fastest-funded on and, if we reach our new goal, we will be the largest project it has hosted.

Hong Kong Free Press crowd-funding

Please share our campaign among your networks and on social media!

Hong Kong Free Press ATV Interview

HKFP co-director Tom Grundy appeared on ATV Newsline on Sunday:

Other media coverage:

A new content sharing partnership with D100.

Cantonese digital broadcaster D100 is the latest outlet to agree a content sharing partnership with Hong Kong Free Press. Our informal agreements with other media outlets will allow us to share key content between our platforms on a story-by-story basis.

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The arrangement also speeds up the process of breaking news in English. We look forward to establishing other partnerships in keeping with our aim to become the first truly local and independent English news source in Hong Kong.

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3 thoughts on “BLOG – Hong Kong Free Press: News & Updates, The Final Push

  • gweiloeye

    i think Harminder might be available soon for some work with you guys. Aahh ATV what a disaster. I am anticipating the launch in 14 days with bated breath. time for change in hk journalism.

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