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Hong Kong Free Press has joined the International Press Institute (IPI) – a 73-year-old global organisation dedicated to the protection of press freedom and improvement of journalistic practices.


The IPI global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists shares a commitment to quality, independent journalism, representing digital, print and broadcast news outlets in nearly 100 countries and territories. It has consultative status with the UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

The IPI congress in 2019. Photo: IPI.
The IPI congress in 2019. Photo: IPI.

IPI is also part of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global NGO network that monitors press freedom and free expression violations across the world.

Society of Publishers in Asia

HKFP also joined the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) this summer – the only English-language Hong Kong outlet among its ranks. SOPA was founded in 1982 to “champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for publishers operating in the Asia-Pacific region.”

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It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA awards, and seeks to uphold media standards and freedoms while celebrating and supporting professional journalism and publishing.

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Tom founded Hong Kong Free Press in 2015 and is the editor-in-chief. In addition to editing, he is responsible for managing the newsroom and company - including fundraising, recruitment and overseeing HKFP's web presence and ethical guidelines.

He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He previously led an NGO advocating for domestic worker rights, and has contributed to the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera and others.