US sanctions six officials over mass arrests | HK in a week
Canada grants asylum to protesters - low trust in COVID vaccine - Hong Kong 12 arrests
This week in Hong Kong, we’ve got more arrests over the Hong Kong 12, vaccine news, an announcement from North Face’s parent company, and more. A funny treat for our readers: HT Managing Editor Cyril Ma caught an embarrassing factual error on SCMP Young Post, which thanks to us they have since fixed. Scroll down to the end to find out what it was!
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The Big Picture
The Hong Kong 12 saga continues. 11 people were arrested for their involvement in the attempted escape of the Hong Kong 12. Two of the HK12 who returned to HK have been remanded in custody, and the lawyer who was hired to handle the case lost his legal license.
The mandatory oath to the SAR. Civil servants have been given one month to sign the declaration that they will uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the SAR.
A study says we might not see a large number of Hongkongers get vaccinated for COVID-19. A survey conducted by CUHK predicts that there with be a low acceptance amongst the public for the vaccine once it is released, which is expected to be as soon as next month.
The web is feeling the impact of the security law too. This week a website that mainly published protest-related content was blocked, making it the first case of censorship of a local site under the national security law. Another site, HKChronicles, was blocked this week as well.
Canada grants asylum to 14 pro-democracy protesters, who will be able to apply for permanent residency “right away”.
The US sanctions six officials in Hong Kong and China over the mass arrests earlier this month. Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US signed a joint statement condemning the mass arrests earlier this week, pictured below.
VF Corp. (the company behind North Face) says goodbye to Hong Kong, announcing its move to Shanghai and Singapore.
One of this week’s government appointments includes Mr Kwok Kwok-chuen, who was appointed as the CEO of Academy of Finance for a two-year term to take effect on Monday (January 18).
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SAR = Seriously Awkward eRror
I’ve been guilty of sloppy editing in times of weakness, but it sure is a sight to behold when SCMP lets this incorrect definition of SAR slip through… They have since fixed the gaffe.
Have you found any funny editing errors on HK media? Let us know!