Government 9 August 2020

Unknown whereabouts of Carrie Lam’s younger son since July 25

Carrie Lam is amongst the 11 Mainland and Hong Kong officials recently sanctioned by the government of the US. FactWire recently attempted to contact her younger son Joshua Lam who was studying in the US, and learned that starting on July 25, his roommate had begun losing contact with him.

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Government

Nano flats soared owing to loosening of open kitchen requirements in 2012

19 July 2020

The number of completed nano flats soared to nearly a thousand last year, the highest in history. FactWire’s investigation found that the surge in nano flat construction was related to the loosening of lighting and ventilation regulations of open kitchens.

Public Health

Processing of masks to be handed out to the public may not meet hygiene standards

9 July 2020

An official distribution of disposable masks to the public started last week. Yet, FactWire found out in a recent investigation that the production and processing of these masks by at least one of the manufacturers may not meet hygiene standards.

Society

At least 82 unregistered drugs used in hospitals in the first quarter of 2020

1 June 2020

In early March of this year, Eastern Hospital was found to have been administering unregistered antibiotics made in Mainland China. Upon further investigation, FactWire finds that the use of unregistered drugs at this hospital was not an exceptional case, and is actually rampant throughout Hong Kong.

FACT CHECK

【Fact Check】Hong Kong politician misinterprets Cambridge study, suggesting COVID-19 did not originate in China

28 April 2020

FTU Joephy Chan claims in a viral YouTube video that COVID-19’s origin is “very unlikely to be China, but probably the U.S. or Australia”, based on a Cambridge study. The lead author confirms that it is a misinterpretation of the research.

Society

Daily sea-smuggled meat outweigh the amount seized in 3 months

2 April 2020

According to FactWire’s investigation, frozen meat smuggling syndicates operate daily near the waters off Hong Kong International Airport’s third runway construction site. On average, more than ten barges are suspected to be smuggling over 600 tonnes of frozen meat every day, more than the amount that customs and marine police have seized in the past three months.

Government

Prince Edward 8.31 — Puzzle of the six rumored “deaths” solved

30 November 2019

On the night of August 31, the police were carrying out an operation at Prince Edward subway station. Rumors that six injured arrestees had been killed have been circulating. FactWire got in touch with them and verified that they were either sent to a hospital or to a police station that night.

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Nano flats soared owing to loosening of open kitchen requirements in 2012

19 July 2020

The number of completed nano flats soared to nearly a thousand last year, the highest in history. FactWire’s investigation found that the surge in nano flat construction was related to the loosening of lighting and ventilation regulations of open kitchens.

Daily sea-smuggled meat outweigh the amount seized in 3 months

2 April 2020

Frozen meat smuggling to Mainland China remains frequent despite multiple operations conducted by customs and marine police this year. According to FactWire’s investigation, smuggling syndicates operate daily. At least 26 local barges are involved. On average, more than ten are suspected to be smuggling over 600 tonnes of frozen meat every day, more than the amount that customs and marine police have seized in the past three months.

Prince Edward 8.31 — Chronology of a chaotic scene

30 November 2019

The police said they arrested 52 people at Prince Edward Station on 31 August. FactWire interviewed 47 of them and reconstructed the situation at the station based on their accounts. Investigations revealed that aside from the arrestees who were taken to Lai Chi Kok by a special train, there were also arrested people taken away by police vans directly from Prince Edward station.

Prince Edward 8.31 — Differing injury counts lead to suspicion

29 November 2019

After 8.31 Prince Edward Incident, many people suspect that someone died in the station because of the discrepancy in the injuries and the closure of the subway station for more than 30 hours afterward. FactWire got in touch with 47 of the arrestees from that night to reconstruct the chaotic situation in the subway station.

Hong Kong police walked aimlessly before heading towards student leader’s direction after he bought laser pointers, CCTV shows

10 August 2019

Hong Kong police were seen idly walking in Sham Shui Po before they approached and arrested student leader Keith Fong for suspicion of possessing offensive weapons after he bought laser pointers, security camera footage obtained by FactWire has revealed.

Police Fired at Least 10 Rounds of Rubber Bullets During June 12 Protest Without Warning

26 July 2019

Police fired at least 10 rounds of rubber bullets without warning at anti-extradition bill protesters outside Hong Kong’s legislature on June 12, despite claiming that only “a few rounds” were used.

HKT staff taught to cheat Lands Department inspection in leaked recording

10 May 2018

In an audio recording leaked to FactWire, an HKT manager is heard admitting that some offices in Ngau Tau Kok Engineering Centre were knowingly operating in violation of lease conditions, before telling her staff to remove incriminating items ahead of a visit yesterday by Lands Department officers

CCTV captures suspicious wetland blaze despite police ‘insufficient storage’ claim

24 April 2018

CCTV footage has emerged of the moment a suspicious fire broke out and ripped through a dock and a boat at the Nam Sang Wai wetland in early April, following a spate of suspected arson attacks targeted at the conservation area in Yuen Long, New Territories

A 14-hour journey

12 April 2018

In the aftermath of the deadliest bus crash in recent Hong Kong history, bus drivers continue to face low pay and long hours, with ever increasing pressure on their shoulders

Photos reveal kindergarten’s knowledge of injuries four months before five-year-old’s death

27 March 2018

A Hong Kong kindergarten attended by a five-year-old who reportedly died after being found unconscious at home was aware of multiple bruises suffered by the girl months before her tragic death, according to photos taken by teachers and obtained by FactWire

Series

Palace Museum Controversy

Investigating violations of procedure and secret dealings in the controversial project

The Belt and Road Initiative

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Third Runway

The Airport Authority’s third runway project may go over budget by importing marine sand from the southwest region of Guangxi in order to cope with a shortage of sand.

Lantau Tomorrow

The cost of purchasing enough fill materials alone for the government’s controversial 1,700 hectares reclamation project near Lantau Island could add up to $48b to $59.9b.
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