HKU Journalism in the news


(27 November) The Initium: 香港,亞洲外媒之都的殞落? (In Chinese, Keith B. Richburg)

(14 November) Hong Kong Free Press: Fact-checkers under fire as some Hong Kong Trump supporters cry foul over US election (Masato Kajimoto)

(28 October) Radio Free Asia: Hong Kong university appointments spark fears of Chinese Communist Party control (King-wa Fu)

(26 October) Rest of World: Control, Alter, Delete (King-wa Fu)

(22 October) Inkstone: Inkstone Explains: How WeChat censors content for over a billion users (King-wa Fu)

(20 October) The Correspondent: Hong Kong’s National Security Law: Implications for Journalists (Sharron Fast and Keith B. Richburg)

(7 October) Coda: Disinformation from China floods Taiwan’s most popular messaging app (Masato Kajimoto)

(2 October) Hong Kong Free Press: How Hong Kong’s student reporters fear being silenced under new police rules (Keith B. Richburg)

(24 September) Nikkei Asian Review: Hong Kong journalists brace for impact of new police order (Keith B. Richburg)

(23 September) South China Morning Post: How a Chinese network of fake Facebook accounts influenced online debate on South China Sea, US politics (King-wa Fu)

(23 September) South China Morning Post: Seven Hong Kong journalism schools blast police’s media access restrictions, warning of threat to city freedoms

(23 September) Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong police say new journalists definition will aid frontline officers, only select media briefed on change

(23 September) Stand News: 七大專新聞系聯署 指警修改通例損新聞自由 促撤回 (In Chinese)

(9 September) Poynter: Amid National Security Law uncertainty, women journalists in Hong Kong forge ahead (Sharron Fast)

(4 September) CNN: As Hong Kong’s academic year begins, it’s unclear what can legally be said in a classroom — and whether student activism is a thing of the past (Keith B. Richburg)

(2 September) Hong Kong Free Press: University of Hong Kong visa application for Pulitzer-winning journalist prompts long list of ‘unusual’ questions from gov’t (Keith B. Richburg)

(29 August) CitizenNews: 普立茲獎得主一度申請來港教書 入境處50提問刁難 (In Chinese, Keith B. Richburg)

(27 August) Bloomberg QuickTake: The Future of Press Freedom in Hong Kong? (Keith B. Richburg)

(14 August) Brisbane Times: ‘It’s revenge’: Inside the newsroom at the centre of a political purge, (Keith B. Richburg)

(12 August) BBC News: Apple Daily: The Hong Kong newspaper that pushed the boundary, (Keith B. Richburg)

(10 August) RTHK News: ‘Outrageous raid marks end of media freedom in HK’, (Keith B. Richburg)

(10 August) The Atlantic: Hong Kong’s most brazen arrest yet, (Keith B. Richburg)

(7 August) Wall Street Journal: U.S. broadens attack on Chinese internet giants with WeChat order (King-wa Fu)

(29 July) Fortune: HSBC tried to defend itself in China. Internet censors erased the post (King-wa Fu)

(21 July) Associated Press: Hong Kong protesters adapt signs, slogans to skirt new law (King-wa Fu)

(19 July) Agence France-Presse: Hong Kong security law sends jitters through city’s feisty press (Sharron Fast and Keith B. Richburg)

(18 July) CitizenNews: Setting“red lines”or testing the boundaries (Keith B. Richburg)

(17 July) Oriental Daily News: 港區國安法:港大新聞系總監向師生發信 自我審查損新聞自由 (In Chinese, Keith B. Richburg)

(17 July) Stand News: 港大新聞系總監:不因國安法改變 續教學生報道真相 籲勿因恐懼自設紅線 (In Chinese, Keith B. Richburg)

(17 July) Apple Daily:【港版國安法】港大新聞系總監向師生發信 籲無懼「紅線」捍衞真相 (In Chinese, Keith B. Richburg)

(15 Jul) AFP Fact Check: Both clips in this video correspond to Chinese fire service visuals of a December 2019 fire in Shanghai (Annie Lab)

(8 July) Asia Times: HK security law raises press freedom concerns (Sharron Fast and Keith B. Richburg)

(8 July) Nikkei Asian Review: Tech giants face uncertain future in Hong Kong under security law (King-wa Fu)

(7 July) Nikkei Asian Review: Hong Kongers struggle with broad scope of national security law (Keith B. Richburg)

(6 July) Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong security law: journalists and scholars ‘at a loss’ in trying to predict new red lines (Sharron Fast)

(6 July) Reuters: Hong Kong Schools Should Not Provide Material Against New Law, Government Says (King-wa Fu)

(3 July) Vice: In the ‘Spirit of Reciprocity,’ China and the US Trade Jabs Over Media Organizations (Keith B. Richburg)

(20 June) Financial Times: Conspiracy theories flourish as coronavirus resurfaces in China (King-wa Fu)

(18 June) The Washington Post: Video evidence of anti-black discrimination in China over coronavirus fears (Keith B. Richburg)

(17 June) RTHK 3, Backchat: Racism (Keith B. Richburg)

(13 June) CNN: Inventing Tomorrow: Education Evolved (Keith B. Richburg)

(12 June) BBC News: Hong Kong: City of two masks faces a new crisis (King-wa Fu)

(13 May) The Guardian: ‘The stakes are higher’: Hong Kong’s battle lines redrawn for post-Covid protests (Keith B. Richburg)

(1 May) The National: Coronavirus: experts disagree as Donald Trump insists virus came from Wuhan lab (Masato Kajimoto)

(28 April) Abacus: China has a massive 5G network but without the coronavirus conspiracy theories (Masato Kajimoto)

(16 April) Times Higher Education, Online learning shift contends with Chinese internet restrictions (Masato Kajimoto)

(15 April) POWER 98.7, Power Lunch, Why are Africans in China being targeted? (Keith B. Richburg)

(13 April) Al Jazeera, Inside Story: Coronavirus: Why are Africans in China being targeted? (Keith B. Richburg)

(10 April) Agence France-Presse: Asia cracks down on virus ‘fake news’ (Masato Kajimoto)

(9 April) The Washington Post: China’s investigative journalists offer a fraught glimpse behind Beijing’s coronavirus propaganda (King-wa Fu)

(16 March) The Washington Post: Singapore introduced tough laws against fake news. Coronavirus has put them to the test. (Masato Kajimoto)

(9 March) Financial Times: Call for Chinese to thank Xi Jinping for coronavirus effort backfires (King-wa Fu)

(6 March) Nikkei Asian Review: Hong Kong ‘war on humor’ pits public broadcaster versus police (King-wa Fu)

(4 March) Deutsche Welle: Press freedom pays a price in US-China media showdown (Keith B. Richburg)

(21 February) Quartz: Why a Chinese virology lab is unable to quell the coronavirus conspiracy theories around it (Masato Kajimoto)

(10 February) Agence France-Presse: From dead, to alive, to dead again: How China handled virus doctor’s death (King-wa Fu)

(7 February) Fortune: Whistleblower doctor’s death stirs an online rebellion against China’s coronavirus response (King-wa Fu)

(5 February) The New York Times: As China clamps down on negative news, quarantines on land and sea (King-wa Fu)

(5 February) Financial Times: China slams shut its small window for online criticism (King-wa Fu)

(5 February) Abacus: How WeChat and Weibo fight coronavirus fake news (Masato Kajimoto)

(31 January) South China Morning Post: As coronavirus spreads, so do spurious online claims about it in Hong Kong (Masato Kajimoto)



(16 December) NHK World: Social media tearing Hong Kong further apart (Annie Lab & Masato Kajimoto)

(15 December) South China Morning Post: Censored by China, deleted social media posts live on in Hong Kong (King-wa Fu)

(20 November) Agence France-Presse: Fake news amplifies fear and confusion in Hong Kong (Masato Kajimoto)

(13 November) NHK World: “Be water”: Hong Kong protesters learn from Bruce Lee (Masato Kajimoto)

(12 November) Bloomberg: How fake news and rumors are stoking division in Hong Kong (Annie Lab & Masato Kajimoto)

(11 November) Quartz: The Hong Kong protests are the most live-streamed protests ever (Masato Kajimoto)

(26 October) Agence France-Presse: Hong Kong court bans publishing police details, including photos (Sharron Fast)

(26 October) Al Jazeera: Concern as Hong Kong court bans disclosure of police details (Sharron Fast)

(26 October) RTHK: Ban could be used beyond doxxing, fear experts (Sharron Fast)

(23 October) The Christian Science Monitor: Four months into protests, Hong Kongers’ distrust runs deep (Masato Kajimoto)

(23 October) New Atlanticist: Can Beijing export its manipulation of information? (King-wa Fu)

(23 October) The Washington Post: Hong Kong’s domestic workers feel caught between both sides in information war (Masato Kajimoto)

(23 October) Nikkei Asian Review: From Hong Kong to the NBA, how China is losing the media war (King-wa Fu)

(15 October) Burnet News Club, The Economist Educational Foundation: Professor Masato Kajimoto answers YOUR questions!

(14 October) South China Morning Post: Hong Kong protests and ‘fake news’: in the psychological war for hearts and minds, disinformation becomes a weapon used by both sides (King-wa Fu, Masato Kajimoto)

(12 September)  OZY: China’s outsourcing its propaganda war against Hong Kong to online soldiers (King-wa Fu)

(10 September)  South China Morning Post: China Daily newspaper criticised over claim Hong Kong protesters are planning 9/11 terror attack (Masato Kajimoto)

(10 September)  South China Morning Post: Why China went on a global media blitz over the Hong Kong protests – and why it probably won’t work (Keith B. Richburg)

(4 September)  Financial Times: Old messages, new memes: Beijing’s propaganda playbook on the Hong Kong protests (King-wa Fu)

(22 August)  Reuters: ‘All the forces’: China’s global social media push over Hong Kong protests (King-wa Fu)

(21 August)  BBC Chinese: 中美貿易戰和香港抗議中「神秘博主」的魅影 (In Chinese, Masato Kajimoto)

(20 August)  NPR: How China uses Twitter and Facebook to share disinformation about Hong Kong (King-wa Fu)

(16 August)  South China Morning Post: Hong Kong protests put Chinese state media’s drive to win over an international audience to the test (Masato Kajimoto)

(16 August)  CNBC: Social media has become a battleground in Hong Kong’s protests (King-wa Fu)

(16 August)  CBC: How Beijing wages its media assault on the credibility of the Hong Kong protesters (Masato Kajimoto)

(15 August)  BBC Chinese: 香港示威:內地輿論攻勢高漲,助力港府並爭取民意 (In Chinese, Masato Kajimoto)

(14 August)  Washington Post: After airport mayhem, Hong Kong protesters face tipping point in battle for hearts and minds (King-wa Fu)

(14 August)  World Politics Review: Hong Kong’s beleaguered protestors struggle to win the war of narratives (King-wa Fu)

(11 August)  CNN: Hong Kong isn’t just battling on the streets: There is also a war on misinformation online (Masato Kajimoto)

(11 August)  The Jakarta Post: Stop Hoax Indonesia program to educate internet users in 17 cities (Masato Kajimoto)

(25 July)  AFP: Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong

(11 July)  Poynter: Misinformation amid Hong Kong protests: A Q&A with a researcher on the ground

(4 July)  RTHK: Hong Kong Today (Radio interview with Masato Kajimoto)

(2 July)  The Sydney Morning Herald: ‘A complete trap’: Police move in after Hong Kong protesters storm Legislative Council

(11 June)  Quartz: US-China trade tensions have hit a business news app backed by China’s “Rupert Murdoch”

(10 June)  South China Morning Post: China’s internet censor shuts financial news aggregator amid worsening US relations over trade and tech

(9 June)  SBS News: More than a million protest in Hong Kong over extradition laws

(5 June)  Al Jazeera: Massive crowds at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil on 30th anniversary

(4 June)  10 daily: Thirty years after Tiananmen survivors feel it’s their duty to speak out

(3 June)  China Perspectives: 1989-2019: Perspectives on June 4th from Hong Kong 

(3 June)  10 daily: Extradition battle looms on eve of Tiananmen massacre anniversary

(30 May)  South China Morning Post: The art of getting Tiananmen Square crackdown onto Chinese social media, from a rock star to a line of rubber ducks

(30 May)  Inkstone: The cat-and-mouse game of talking about Tiananmen in China

(30 May)  Voice of America: China Cheers State TV Anchor in Face-Off with Fox

(25 May)  University World News: Tiananmen Square a topic that still can’t be studied

(22 May)  Apple Daily: Fax機破封鎖 Big Data抗「河蟹」 傅景華初心不變 (In Chinese, interview with King-wa Fu.)

(16 May)  Hong Kong Free Press: Journalist David Missal wins Human Rights Press award for HKFP video on rights lawyer Lin Qilei

(3 May)  Financial Review: Judith Neilson’s $100m search for truth

(23 April)  Global Ground: Tactics to fight disinformation in Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and India

(17 April)  TIME: The Tiananmen Massacre is one of China’s most censored topics. Here’s a look at what gets banned

(16 April)  Hong Kong Free Press: Archive reveals scale of China’s Tiananmen Massacre blackout as netizens fight to evade censors

(16 April)  Global Ground: Battle for the truth

(16 April)  Quartz: Rubber ducks and tattoos: How China dodges censors to remember Tiananmen’s “Tank Man”

(15 April)  The Stand News: 港大研究揭過千條涉八九六四微博帖文被刪 涉64、殺人、坦克、蠟燭俱一帖不留 (In Chinese. #64censored pics by Weiboscope featured.)

(14 April)  Ming Pao: 港大學者:六四微博帖 7年刪千條 13%涉港遊行集會 傅景華料人手逐條查看 (In Chinese. Interview with King-wa Fu.)

(14 April)  Ming Pao: 守護記憶達人Louisa Lim 在遺忘的過程中,打撈六四片段 (In Chinese. Interview with Louisa Lim.)

(1 April)  Cambodian Center for Independent Media: An Interview with Dr. Masato Kajimoto: “Be a News Literate by Checking Your Facts”

(April)  Mozilla Internet Health Report 2019: Tracking China’s censorship of news on WeChat

(22 March)  Philippines News Agency: Quality journalism key to fighting fake news

(22 March)  PTV News: Quality journalism key to fighting fake news

(21 March)  PTV News: ASEAN workshop on fighting fake news opens in Bangkok

(7 March)  Eleven Myanmar: Fake news threatens security, social order, democracy

(28 February)  Nature: ‘Gene-edited babies’ is one of the most censored topics on Chinese social media

(27 February)  The Straits Times: China seen to tighten Internet curbs, target more content

(25 February)  Hong Kong Free Press: Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

(21 February)  The Economist: Economic woes hurt Chinese journalists as much as censorship does

(20 February)  ABC News: WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest

(14 February)  CNBC: WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

(13 February)  TIME: The U.S.-China trade war and #MeToo were among the most censored topics on China’s WeChat, report finds

(13 February)  South China Morning Post: US-China trade war among most censored topics of 2018 on WeChat

(8 January)  South China Morning Post: Out of character? Xi Jinping has a Mao Zedong-style signature



(19 December)  BuzzFeed News: Please welcome China’s WeChat to the #Resistance

(17 December)  RTHK Radio 3: Is there a future for newspapers?

(16 December)  PR Newswire: SOPA 2019 journalism awards open for entries; deadline Jan 24

(November)  HKU Bulletin, Volume 20: China’s AI approach to information control

(13 November)  South China Morning Post: ‘Winter has come’: Chinese social media stunned as nearly 10,000 accounts shut down

(9 November)  South China Morning Post: British journalist Victor Mallet denied entry to Hong Kong as tourist

(9 November)  Hong Kong Free Press: Senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet banned from entering Hong Kong

(6 November)  South China Morning Post: More than a century of newsroom technology at SCMP: from the telegraph to live streaming of spacewalks

(2 November)  The New York Times: Journalist’s Expulsion Casts Shadow on Hong Kong’s Future

(1 November)  Libération: Chine Le «Global Times» table sur YouTube pour tacler l’Occident (In French. Interview with King-wa Fu.)

(30 October)  South China Morning Post: Brits had their own take on press freedom

(25 October)  Columbia Journalism Review: The erosion of Hong Kong’s free press

(19 October)  World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe: 110th Global Health Histories seminar: Polio, immunization and universal health coverage

(16 October)  Radio Free Asia: Debarring of Candidate, Visa Row Point to ‘Death’ of Hong Kong’s Freedoms

(8 October)  The New York Times: Journalist’s Expulsion From Hong Kong ‘Sends a Chilling Message’

(8 October)  CNN: ‘Chilling message’: Hong Kong refuses to explain FT journalist visa denial

(4 October)  Radio Taiwan International: Eye on China: Fake news and a suicide

(28 September)  The New York Times: China Censors Bad Economic News Amid Signs of Slower Growth

(27 September)  BBC News: China #MeToo: Why one woman is being sued by the TV star she accused

(20 September)  Radio Sputnik: ‘That really means about half of what US buys from China now has tariffs on’ – journalist

(24 August)  Taipei Times: Highlight: China-Africa relations in context

(31 July)  CNN: Rare two-day protest over China vaccine scandal reveals public anger

(25 July)  South China Morning Post: China censors social media posts about vaccine scandal, monitor says, as tabloid suggests issue has been overblown

(24 July)  Storyful: The Storyful Podcast: Cinnamon, Condoms and Copycat Dares

(14 July)  South China Morning Post: Spike in online censorship as Liu Xiaobo tributes pour in

(23 June)  Poynter: ICYMI: Here are all the notes you need from Global Fact 5

(8 June)  ASEAN News: Q&A: ‘Accountability Separates Journalism from Everything Else’

(30 May). Poynter: How to fact-check politics in countries with no press freedom

(16 May)  Asia One: SOPA announces 2018 journalism awards finalists

(8 May)  Asian Correspondent: ‘Truth shall prevail’: Shell-shock after sale of Cambodia’s last independent paper

(8 May)  Asia Sentinel: Duterte takes on the Filipino press

(7 May)  Bangkok Post: Online safety for children is everyone’s responsibility

(3 May)  Radio Free Asia: In China, state control of the media moves towards thought control

(18 April)  South China Morning Post: How Hong Kong was Asia base for war photographers: exhibition shows their work from Vietnam, Korea and Sino-Japanese wars 

(13 April)  Inkstone: Photos of a scalded kindergartener enrage the Chinese internet

(11 April)  Asia One: SOPA 2018 journalism awards see highest number of entries in 20 years

(16 March)  Columbia Journalism Review: As China abolishes two-term limit, a siege on digital free speech

(14 March)  The Splice Newsroom: How the University of Hong Kong is tracking China’s censorship of Weibo users

(11 March)  The Globe and Mail: China steps up internet censorship of criticism of Xi Jinping

(9 March)  NiemanLab: What do Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh have in common? They’re both flagged by Chinese censors

(5 March)  HK01: 【2007年奧斯卡最佳紀錄片獎得主】楊紫燁促港府扶持紀錄片發展:它是一個地方的記憶載體 (In Chinese. Ruby Yang quoted.)

(1 March)  Hong Kong Free Press: China’s stifling of presidential term limit debate amounts to most significant censorship in months, watchdog says

(14 February)  Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong gov’t lagging behind in surveillance laws and routine disclosure, HKU researchers say

(9 February)  South China Morning Post: New laws needed to cover content removal requests in Hong Kong, say transparency advocates

(17 January)  Bloomberg News: Third HNA Unit halted from trading, pending ‘major matter’

(16 January)  The Sydney Morning Herald: The silencing of Rappler, the Philippines’ most independent media voice

(14 January)  Nikkei Asian Review: Public broadcasters in Asia under fire from all sides

(12 January)  University World News : University leadership changes signal politicisation

(11 January)  South China Morning Post: Liberty vs optimism: an East-West tussle over China’s future

(11 January)  South China Morning Post: Sino-US relations and globalisation top the bill at China Conference in Hong Kong