Crowd-funding campaign launched for not-for-profit ‘Hong Kong Free Press’

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched for a new not-for-profit, independent English-language media outlet going by the name of Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP).

Headed by Tom Grundy of Hong Wrong and Pillow Fight Day fame, the envisioned multi-media outlet plans to launch next month, “seeking to unite critical voices and provide quality analysis and credible reporting on local and national affairs”.

The moves comes at a time when perceived press freedom in the territory is rapidly dropping, with violence against journalists, pressure from Beijing and self-censorship cited as the main culprits in a report last month by Freedom House.

While Hong Kong navigates a period of political instability, HKFP says it will bridge the gap between Chinese and English reporting by forging key relationships with local media and offering translated content.

The small team of four has launched an “all-or-nothing” crowd-funding campaign to raise HKD150,000 in just 30 days. And with more than HKD41,500 secured in just 24-hours, it looks like they’re well on their way.

Once up and running, HKFP hopes to develop sustainable revenue streams through advertising, membership, events and donations.

It also promises to offer an encrypted channel for whistle-blowers, which would be a first in Hong Kong.

That would of saved Edward Snowden an awful lot of money on hotel rooms.

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