Film Review: Wild Tales

How far must you be pushed until you carry out an act of vengeful violence? Amid a city’s every day assaults to the spirit – awful traffic, rude people, unfair rules, unfaithful lovers, spiteful bullies – what’s that final straw that will throw you overboard? Continue reading

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International journalist Paula Bronstein of Getty taken away by Hong Kong Police

FCC issues notices expressing concern over tampering of press freedom in Hong Kong.

HK news footage shows Paula Bronstein, Getty Images award winning journalist, taking photos atop a private car in Mong Kok. Police officers approach her, ask her to come down from the car, and take her away. She voiced out her press identity to the police before she was taken away.

Foreign Correspondents’ Club FCC notices:

http://fcchk.org/article/protest-mongkok

http://fcchk.org/article/fcc-condemns-attacks-journalists-covering-h-k-protests

Paula Bronstein:
http://awards.gettyimages.com/awards.cfm?display=photographer&photographerID=60

Victory: TVB’s reporters issue open letter condemning narrative tampering

A bunch of reporters from TVB write an open letter condemning the tampering with impartial reporting.  Continue reading

Umbrella Revolution: erosion of impartial reporting, police beating footage, and truth seeking amid chaos

This is again, about Hong Kong’s fight for democracy. But it’s also about censorship, good journalism, and collective truth seeking. Things that matter to everyone.  Continue reading

Road to democracy: the unfolding of Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution

Why are Hong Kong students on the streets? Why aren’t university students and high-schoolers attending classes, and instead studying on make-shift tables on the once busy streets of Hong Kong? Why are they camping out on tram tracks and bus routes instead of sleeping at home? A lot of them 15 to 18 year olds. The best time of their lives. A time for learning, choosing their majors, going out with friends. What are they doing hogging the streets and disrupting quotidian life?    Continue reading

Student pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong: in Pictures (28.09.2014)

28 September 2014, Admiralty. Students and citizens continue protests, donning gear such as raincoats, goggles and face-masks, just like yesterday. But today, in addition to pepper-spray, police use tear-gas. The protest calls for democratic elections and true universal suffrage to take place in 2017.

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Student pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong: in Pictures

In the early morning hours of 28 September 2014, Admiralty, near Tamar, students and citizens congregate, some wearing raincoats, googles and face-masks, in protest for democratic elections and true universal suffrage to take place in 2017. Protests continue.

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God, are you a misogynist? On winning the war on women

The amount of violence in this world against women baffles me. Although we live in an age where there is an unprecedented number of women in power – e.g. first German chancellor Angela Merkel, USA second-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, just to name a few – there continues to be a stark inequality prevalent in society between the male and female gender. Violence/inequality/fear – these are some of the words that pop up when I think about my female identity amid a developed, cosmopolitan city. Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale – Our Possible Terrifying Future

Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a dystopian novel describing the lives of its citizens after the fall of now-America into a military state (“The Fall”). Having read it as a teenager, it was ingrained in my mind for a long time. I remember the strange names of characters and the graphic sexual images. Continue reading