Founded in 2015, Hong Kong Free Press is an impartial, non-profit, award-winning English-language newspaper.

Team HKFP 2023
Associate Editor Mercedes Hutton, Reporter Irene Chan, Photojournalist Kyle Lam, Reporter Kelly Ho, Editor-in-chief Tom Grundy, Reporter James Lee, Reporter Hans Tse, Social Media & Production Editor Shan Chan and Reporter Hillary Leung, and Pixel the dog.

Run by journalists, backed by readers and 100% independent, HKFP is governed by a public Code of Ethics.

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HKFP has an impartial stance, transparent funding, and balanced coverage guided by an Ethics Code and Corrections Policy. We launched amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong, and meet 100% of Newsguard’s credibility criteria.

HKFP was the city’s first crowdfunded media outlet, and the fastest-funded, largest project of its time. Nowadays, we are sustained by direct one-off and monthly contributions from readers.

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Our mission: HKFP’s goal is to be the most credible, impartial and independent news outlet on Hong Kong affairs, and to help safeguard press freedom in the city. We seek to amplify the voices of the voiceless whilst bridging the gap between the Chinese and English language.

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The 2023 HKFP Team:

Tom Grundy

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others. More by Tom Grundy

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes is a Hong Kong-based British journalist with an interest in environmental and social issues. She has written for the Guardian and the BBC and previously worked at the South China Morning Post. More by Mercedes Hutton

Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration. More by Kelly Ho

Irene Chan

Irene Chan is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press and has an interest in covering political and social change. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Fudan University and a master’s degree in social work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. More by Irene Chan

Hillary Leung

Hillary has an interest in social issues and politics. Previously, she reported on Asia broadly – including on Hong Kong’s 2019 protests – for TIME Magazine and covered local news at Coconuts Hong Kong. More by Hillary Leung

James Lee

James is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press with an interest in culture and social issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a minor in Journalism. He was previously a reporter at The Standard. More by James Lee

Hans Tse

Hans Tse is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He was previously a researcher at several universities and wrote about local politics and media transformations. He holds an M.Phil in communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. More by Hans Tse

Kyle Lam

Kyle Lam is a Hong Kong Baptist University graduate who has worked as a photojournalist and reporter since 2013. His work has been published by HK01, the European Pressphoto Agency, Bloomberg and Ming Pao. Lam is the recipient of several prizes from the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association and Human Rights Press Awards. More by Kyle Lam

Shan Chan

Shan is the social media and production manager at Hong Kong Free Press. She has worked as a reporter and social media editor since 2019 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. More by Shan Chan

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Editor-in-chief TEDX talk.

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BBC media coverage, 2015.
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Home to a mix of breaking news, original reporting, features and interviews, HKFP was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.

2016Human Rights Press Awards: University English language writingSexual harassment at Hong Kong’s universities – rarely reported, but not rareMerit
2019Human Rights Press Awards: Student Video & Audio (English)‘I am prepared to be imprisoned’ – Chinese human rights lawyer Lin QileiWinner
2020Index on Censorship’s 2020 Freedom of Expression AwardHong Kong Free Press shortlistedFinalist
2020SOPA: Excellence in Photography (Regional)Shots of the 2019 Hong Kong protest movementFinalist
2020SOPA: Excellence in Explanatory Reporting (Regional)Hong Kong’s new methodology of protest, explainedHonourable mention
2021Nobel Peace PrizeHong Kong Free Press nominatedNominated
2021SOPA: Excellence in Opinion Writing (Regional)Hong Kong’s protest movement in perspectiveHonourable mention
2023SOPA: Excellence in Opinion Writing (Regional)Press Freedom Day: As long as there are journalists in Hong Kong, there will be journalismHonourable mention
2023Human Rights Press Awards: Single ImageRolling up ‘Asia’s World City’Merit

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