…while I work out what to do with four souvenir subversive bottles of Watson’s water. I’m assuming the bottles will keep their future rare collectors’ item/heritage value if the contents have been used (distilled water is good for pickling).
…the government decided against charging newspaper owner Sally Aw in a case of circulation fraud to boost sales figures, even though she was named as a co-conspirator by the anti-corruption agency … partly because “the prosecution of the chairman of a well-established and important media group at that time could have led to the failure of the group, which would have sent a very bad message to the international community.”
(If I remember correctly, the government also cited Sing Tao‘s role as an employer as a reason.)
At a press conference, Chief Executive Carrie Lam gets whiny about foreign disapproval of the destruction of a free press, and about overseas media ‘beautification’ of acts that endanger national security (more in HKFP and the Guardian).
As a reminder that the NatSec Regime’s incessant paranoid freak-outs have people on edge, a minor routine change to HSBC’s online-banking terms and conditions triggers panicky rumours among Hongkongers convinced that the bank is moving to curb capital flight by cutting off access to their accounts while overseas. Now once-unthinkable injustices have become weekly norms, it doesn’t sound unbelievable.
In case you missed it: a Globular Times ‘journalist’ tweets a pic of a Hong Kong ‘bus’ tastefully ‘decorated’ in CCP 100th anniversary slogans and logos, ‘providing residents with a rare opportunity to know more about the Party’ – and you won’t believe what happened next.
Exciting news from the Civil Service Most Mind-Boggling Bureaucracy Competition. Everyone had assumed that the much-coveted award had been won – with ease – by the Treasury’s magnificently unfathomable Buy Stuff at Big Stores Voucher Scheme. But, in a last-minute burst of inter-departmental rivalry, the plucky public servants at the Food and Health Bureau pipped them at the post with an utter giant hairball of ‘not exact science’ Covid rules for gatherings, restaurants, quarantine, etc that are so complex that several of the bureaucrats drafting it disappeared somewhere among the sub-paragraphs and have still not been found.
Some excerpts from For the Love of Hong Kong by Hana Meihan Davis, with an intro by Geremie Barme.
And Lennon Wall – an interactive archive of Hong Kong protest movement images removed from Mainland social media.