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Philippine Nobel laureate Maria Ressa acquitted of tax evasion

“Today, facts win. Truth wins,” a teary-eyed and defiant Maria Ressa told reporters outside the Manila courtroom after the court ruled on four government charges that she and her online media company Rappler had dodged taxes in a 2015 bond sale to foreign investors.

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World won’t look kindly on Hong Kong’s new demonstration of rule of law

The people I feel sorry for, reading this week’s newspapers, are those Law Society worthies who recently returned from a trip abroad in which they reassured overseas colleagues that the rule of law was alive and well in Hong Kong. Scarcely had the poor legal lambs returned than the Hong Kong government produced a new…

Why letting a UK lawyer represent Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong exposes a legal dilemma

The Hong Kong government has done a good job so far of keeping Jimmy Lai, the founder of defunct pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, in prison for one reason or another. No doubt it will continue to discharge this important function. This does, though, require some logical and legal gymnastics. Remember the row about British judges…

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Baptist University professor leaves Hong Kong after police allegedly contacted over 2019 protest article

A Hong Kong professor left the city after hearing that his university allegedly contacted the police over an article he had written about the 2019 protests, joining a growing number of artists and academics emigrating amid concerns about the city’s declining freedoms. The university, however, has denied making any such report. Justin Wong, who worked…

Video: How Hong Kong film directors are navigating a new era of censorship

“Being in this era, you ought to tell the stories about this era,” says by Chan Tze-woon, director of Blue Island – an uncensored documentary that cannot be screened publicly in Hong Kong. HKFP speaks to four film directors about navigating new red lines under Hong Kong’s security law. Whilst some now enjoy free expression…

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 28

In October, four pro-democracy Returning Valiant members became the first minors to be sentenced under the Beijing-imposed national security law. Student Politicism also saw former leaders jailed. A court ruled that journalistic materials do not have absolute immunity when it comes to criminal and national security cases. And Chief Executive John Lee put emphasis on national…

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