Government 18 January 2021

Newly-released Chinese economic growth remains contradictory to unrevised data in past records

In the latest release of Chinese yearly economic growth rates, calculated based on the revised amounts of the previous year, the NBS made a corresponding update on the annual amounts of consumable retail in the past, but not on monthly amounts, thus causing contradiction. Past records of fixed-asset investment remain unrevised.

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Society

Company records show Lung Mun’s owner still holding joint venture with a Fulum-related person

7 January 2021

FactWire received multiple complaints and was called on to investigate the Lung Mun Cafe chain, one of the earliest businesses branded ‘yellow’ but later questioned for bearing the same name with two other stores owned by the pro-Beijing ‘blue’ Fulum Group. FactWire’s findings contradicted a declaration by Cheung Chun-kit, owner of Lung Mun Cafe, which claimed that he had sold all his shares linked with Fulum without gaining any compensation in September 2019.

Society

Lung Mun’s questionable financial account shows a million loss in 16 public-funded projects

7 January 2021

FactWire received nearly 10 complaints in the past half year concerning the Lung Mun Cafe chain, one of the earliest businesses branded ‘yellow’ (pro-democracy) since the Anti-Extradition Bill movement in 2019. Those who raised complaints contended that the large amount of income and ‘donations’ given to Lung Mun were not properly handled, calling on FactWire to investigate the case.

Society

Objection period ends tomorrow yet notice of government official’s Small-house application not found in the concerned village

11 November 2020

Government official Thomas Sit and his family proposed three years ago to build Small Houses in Ham Tin Village. To date, the houses in Ham Tin have not been constructed. However, FactWire found that the Sits - as indigenous villagers of Tai Long - have recently applied to build Small Houses in another village, Ho Chung, instead.

Government

China releases contradictory economic figures based on a mix of revised and unrevised data

30 October 2020

Mainland China released its latest economic data on October 19, reporting a rebound in the country's GDP. FactWire found that the growth rates of two economic indicators - fixed-asset investment and consumable retail - are affected by a revision of last year’s data, while the revision is not reflected in past records.

反修例風波

Police testified it was ‘unable’ to access iPhone despite successfully unlocking another phone last year

11 September 2020

The police told the Coroner’s Court on that they were unable to access a mobile phone of the deceased fifteen-year-old Chan Yin-lam because it was passcode locked. FactWire found that this contradicted the fact that as early as September of last year, the police had already possessed the ability to unlock and extract data from iPhones.

Anti-extradition Protest

FactWire’s 721 video shows police making way for men in white to leave without inspection

27 August 2020

From FactWire's video filmed after midnight on July 22 last year, some men in white were able to cross the police cordon freely, while officers made way for their cars to pass. The officers did not stop and search any of the men nor take down their identities.

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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

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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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