MEDIA WATCH – Al-Jazeera Scrutinises South China Morning Post Amidst Newsroom ‘Discontent’

Yesterday, Al-Jazeera English broadcast a 10-minute report about the South China Morning Post as part of their global media watchdog programme, Listening Post.

The show may be downloaded as a podcast here. Read Hong Wrong’s exclusive investigation into self-censorship at the South China Morning Post here, and our special comment on the paper’s history and importance.


EVENT – Hong Kong’s First Contemporary Miniature Art Exhibition

Miniature art has a long history spanning a vast geographic area, from 13th century court paintings in Persia, to 15th century monastic manuscripts in France, to pocket portraits in the Elizabethan era. This September, Hong Kong artists will be reviving the art form with a more contemporary perspective.

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‘Closer‘ is Hong Kong’s first miniature art exhibition. Each artist is restricted to a canvas measuring only 2” x 3” or 4” x 4”.


NEWS – Hong Kong Qualifies for the 2014 Homeless World Cup in Chile

A team of ex-convicts and asylum seekers, all of whom have been homeless or in rehabilitation recently, successfully qualified for the annual Homeless World Cup last week.

Homeless World Cup qualifiers, Hong Kong

Homeless World Cup qualifiers, Hong Kong

Local politicians and celebrities attended the 4-a-side tournament. Long Hair Leung Kwok Hung, LegCo member, said that “it’s a chance for the homeless to develop a new experience with a new perspective”.


NEWS: ‘Fake’ Pro-Gov Protesters Paid to Rally Against HK Democracy Movement 6

Thousands of protesters occupied Central in a rally against the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement yesterday. However, Now TV, Cable TV, TVBOriental Daily and the Economic Journal each discovered instances of demonstrators being paid up to HK$480 or offered freebies to attend.

Protester in Hong Kong

via Aaron Anfinson for Hong Wrong.

Many attendees had been mobilised by ethnic groups, leftist organisations, pro-government political parties and even businesses.

protesters being handed cash to attend the pro-government rally.

Oriental Daily uncover protesters being handed cash at the pro-government rally.

Police said that 110,600 attended – more than their estimate for the July 1st pro-democracy march, which they put at 98,600. HKUPOP estimated that 79,000-88,000 attended whilst organisers claimed 193,000 took part. A single SocREC reporter conducted a nonstop headcount, estimating a turnout of 41,250.


POLITICS – The Power of the Powerless: Hong Kong’s Last Stand 3

Download PDFGuest Post: As astro-turfing groups plan a pro-government rally this weekend, pro-democracy activist Kong Tsung-gan examines why some form of nonviolent direct action will be necessary for Hong Kong’s democracy movement. For easy viewing, download this five-part essay as a PDF here.

1. Who are we? How did we get to be this way?

Quote - Power of the Powerless

In any freedom struggle, much of the struggle is between not only the oppressed and their oppressor but between the oppressed themselves, some of whom side with the oppressor, and within each of the oppressed, who in struggling against their oppressor also struggle against the voices within themselves that tell them to unconditionally obey authority or that there must be something wrong with them if they have such a grievance against ‘the way things are’, or that even if there is something wrong, it is utterly futile to fight it.  The fault lines are many.  Such is the case in the Hong Kong freedom struggle.  This is the result of Hong Kong’s history as a colony and an immigrant society.