Independent Publisher

Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong, Hong KongFounded in 2015Trust Project news partner since

HKFP is an independent, nonprofit English-language news organization based in Hong Kong. 

HKFP was the city's first crowd-funded news media outlet. The organization was founded in 2015 at a time of declining press freedoms in Hong Kong. HKFP strives for an impartial stance, transparent funding and balanced coverage. 

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Best Practices Policies

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HKFP’s mission is to be the most credible, impartial and independent news outlet on Hong Kong affairs, and to help safeguard press freedom in the city. They seek to amplify the voices of the voiceless and to bridge the gap between the Chinese and English languages.

HKFP prioritises Hong Kong matters in news coverage, followed by China, Taiwan and Macau. They strive to give special attention to under-represented, underprivileged or marginalized communities, such as reporting on issues facing low-income, ethnic or sexual minorities. 

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HKFP has made a commitment to the highest standards of credible, ethical and independent journalism. First adopted in March 2020, and expanded in December 2023, HKFP’s evolving policies underpin all of its reporting practices. The policies are shared publicly in the interests of transparency and accountability.

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Ownership & Funding

HKFP is solely owned by Hong Kong Kong Free Press Limited – a non-profit limited by guarantee company registered in Hong Kong on February 18, 2015. The public-facing website launched on June 30, 2015. All surplus income is put back into the news operation. 

HKFP publishes details of its income and outgoings in an Annual Report and Transparency Report.

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Diverse Voices

HKFP has made a commitment to amplify voices from under-represented, underprivileged or marginalized groups. Staff and freelancers are encouraged to seek out stories faced by these communities. In 2022, HKFP’s efforts were recognized with a Google News Equity grant.

The news organization has sponsored LGBT+ pride events in Hong Kong. Since its founding, HKFP has employed nationals of Hong Kong, mainland China, the UK, India, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia.

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HKFP's policy is to correct factual errors as soon as possible. Falsities, misquotes, incorrect names, or misleading statements are among the situations where a correction may be warranted. However, corrections will not usually be issued for simple typos, unless the meaning or facts of the story are affected.

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Unnamed Sources

HKFP strives to be as transparent as possible in its reporting and uses unnamed sources for the sake of public interest when there is no other way to obtaining information. It is HKFP's policy that the use of anonymous sources is the exception, not the rule.

HKFP may grant confidentiality if there are concerns over safety, job security or legal reasons relating to ongoing court cases.

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