Investigations

Government

Number of urgent suicidal cases goes up as Hong Kong’s extradition protests develop

6 July 2019

At least 22 people in online forums and 80 chat groups on mobile messaging app Telegram have been recorded to be on the verge of committing suicide in the past five days, alarming local experts as protest-linked deaths accumulated to four since Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests began in June.

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.

Stories

Government

Protester in viral June 12 video questions violent police tactics

21 June 2019

A video on June 12 showing a young male protester in Admiralty coughing up blood has been viewed thousands of times on social media with some netizens claiming he had died. This claim is false. He is alive and spoke with FactWire about the experience.

Society

Secret deal on Yuen Long site revealed

1 May 2019

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) paid HK$3.15 million and offered land to representatives of Shan Pui Tsuen to counter opposition against its Yuen Long development in the 1990s.

Society

Inflated figures behind sky-high Garden Vista renovation price

14 April 2019

The eye-watering HK$260 million price tag for the Garden Vista estate renovation was based on inaccurate and inflated estimates, a report from a consultancy firm has revealed.

Government

Legal battle for control of Djibouti ports comes to Hong Kong

10 February 2019

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.

Society

Property agency boss arrested for alleged fraud in US

13 January 2019

Five people from one of the largest Hong Kong real estate agency, Premier Capital were arrested after at least 28 Hongkongers accused the company of misleading them into buying derelict houses at inflated prices in the US.

Government

Ombudsman criticises the Housing Society for withholding the names of external advisors in country park study

26 December 2018

The Ombudsman has slammed the Housing Society in a damning report for repeatedly refusing to name the academics appointed to advise on building flats on the fringes of Hong Kong’s country parks.

Government

Hong Kong land occupied by Chinese border guards in Sha Tau Kok border area

11 November 2018

Chinese border guards have quietly occupied a tract of Hong Kong land and use it for farming on the territory’s border with Shenzhen for at least six years.

Society

Endangering wildlife in the name of traditions

5 November 2018

As China lifted a 25-year ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn last month, sale of endangered wild animal parts remains rife on and off the Chinese internet.

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