Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.
Alvin Lum
Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

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Identification of Hong Kong riot officers using undisclosed codes on helmets is ‘unsatisfactory’, police watchdog says, calling for clarity and accountability

Method replaces badges used earlier and protects officers from doxxing, but move was never made public until IPCC’s press conference.

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Method replaces badges used earlier and protects officers from doxxing, but move was never made public until IPCC’s press conference.

Identification of Hong Kong riot officers using undisclosed codes on helmets is ‘unsatisfactory’, police watchdog says, calling for clarity and accountability
University of Hong Kong medical school suspends classes in mainland China for rest of 2019 – no reason yet given

University of Hong Kong yet answer questions about cancellation – despite complaints from students about border searches.

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University of Hong Kong yet answer questions about cancellation – despite complaints from students about border searches.

University of Hong Kong medical school suspends classes in mainland China for rest of 2019 – no reason yet given
Trainee Hong Kong lawyer can join legal profession, says justice department, after letter accused him of posting hate speech against police online

A complaint was made against Alfred Chu for a Facebook posting that is said to have referred to ‘rogue cops’, but the Department of Justice says it is satisfied with his response and he is expected to officially join the ranks of Hong Kong’s lawyers in September.

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A complaint was made against Alfred Chu for a Facebook posting that is said to have referred to ‘rogue cops’, but the Department of Justice says it is satisfied with his response and he is expected to officially join the ranks of Hong Kong’s lawyers in September.

Trainee Hong Kong lawyer can join legal profession, says justice department, after letter accused him of posting hate speech against police online
Two Hong Kong men hit with riot charges over attack on anti-government protesters at Yuen Long MTR station

At least 45 people were injured in the assault, which targeted people returning from a protest but also involved passers-by.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:04AM

At least 45 people were injured in the assault, which targeted people returning from a protest but also involved passers-by.

Two Hong Kong men hit with riot charges over attack on anti-government protesters at Yuen Long MTR station
Department of Justice demands trainee lawyer explain accusations of hate speech directed at Hong Kong police

Soon-to-be solicitor allegedly posted ‘black cops and families go to hell’ on his Facebook page – just days before qualifying for legal profession.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:11AM

Soon-to-be solicitor allegedly posted ‘black cops and families go to hell’ on his Facebook page – just days before qualifying for legal profession.

Department of Justice demands trainee lawyer explain accusations of hate speech directed at Hong Kong police
Guangdong Radio and Television journalist defends actions after refusing to show credentials at Hong Kong police press call

Local reporters demand to know why she refused to show journalist pass and took pictures of them asking questions.

21 Aug 2019 - 7:35PM

Local reporters demand to know why she refused to show journalist pass and took pictures of them asking questions.

Guangdong Radio and Television journalist defends actions after refusing to show credentials at Hong Kong police press call
Hong Kong protesters want to protect freedoms? Work on defending ‘one country, two systems’ first, retired judge Henry Litton says

Former top judge Henry Litton says it is absurd to think Beijing’s stance would soften with unlawful assemblies, demonstrations and violence.

21 Aug 2019 - 6:58AM

Former top judge Henry Litton says it is absurd to think Beijing’s stance would soften with unlawful assemblies, demonstrations and violence.

Hong Kong protesters want to protect freedoms? Work on defending ‘one country, two systems’ first, retired judge Henry Litton says
Three Hong Kong policemen arrested over assault on elderly man held for drunken behaviour

Officers filmed assaulting 62-year-old man in North District Hospital. Victim says they told him ‘this is what black cops do’.

20 Aug 2019 - 11:25PM

Officers filmed assaulting 62-year-old man in North District Hospital. Victim says they told him ‘this is what black cops do’.

Three Hong Kong policemen arrested over assault on elderly man held for drunken behaviour
Chinese University to start public archive on Hong Kong protests to document the movement and preserve material for future study

School gives green light to collecting documents and recordings related to protests that have gripped city since early June. Collection will aim to give fuller picture of demonstrations and help public and scholars understand movement.

20 Aug 2019 - 1:00PM

School gives green light to collecting documents and recordings related to protests that have gripped city since early June. Collection will aim to give fuller picture of demonstrations and help public and scholars understand movement.

Chinese University to start public archive on Hong Kong protests to document the movement and preserve material for future study
Commission of inquiry is possible but let’s not look into individual police officers’ conduct: IPCC chief Anthony Neoh

Anthony Neoh is not against the idea of a commission of inquiry, which the city leader has rejected. But he says delving into individual officers’ actions would mean them being ‘disciplined twice’.

20 Aug 2019 - 11:20AM

Anthony Neoh is not against the idea of a commission of inquiry, which the city leader has rejected. But he says delving into individual officers’ actions would mean them being ‘disciplined twice’.

Commission of inquiry is possible but let’s not look into individual police officers’ conduct: IPCC chief Anthony Neoh
Hong Kong protests need a political solution and that should start with withdrawing extradition bill, police watchdog chief Anthony Neoh says

Anthony Neoh, head of the police watchdog, says formally withdrawing the unpopular extradition legislation would give it a ‘proper burial’ and soothe public anger. He does not rule out having a judge-led inquiry after that.

20 Aug 2019 - 11:06AM

Anthony Neoh, head of the police watchdog, says formally withdrawing the unpopular extradition legislation would give it a ‘proper burial’ and soothe public anger. He does not rule out having a judge-led inquiry after that.

Hong Kong protests need a political solution and that should start with withdrawing extradition bill, police watchdog chief Anthony Neoh says
Hong Kong breathes sigh of relief as Saturday night passes with no tear gas fired as anti-government protesters cause only minor disruption and avoid clashing with police

Protesters and police appeared at times to be on the brink of a clash in Mong Kok, but in the end, nothing came of their confrontation.

18 Aug 2019 - 9:26AM

Protesters and police appeared at times to be on the brink of a clash in Mong Kok, but in the end, nothing came of their confrontation.

Hong Kong breathes sigh of relief as Saturday night passes with no tear gas fired as anti-government protesters cause only minor disruption and avoid clashing with police
Thousands of students turn out for protest rally in Central as Hong Kong gears up for weekend of demonstrations

Rally organised by group of students from 12 local colleges and universities features recorded messages of support from abroad. Anti-government march for To Kwa Wan wins 11th-hour reprieve while pro-government rally in Tamar Park goes ahead on Saturday.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:42AM

Rally organised by group of students from 12 local colleges and universities features recorded messages of support from abroad. Anti-government march for To Kwa Wan wins 11th-hour reprieve while pro-government rally in Tamar Park goes ahead on Saturday.

Thousands of students turn out for protest rally in Central as Hong Kong gears up for weekend of demonstrations
Police ban marches as Hong Kong readies for 11th weekend of mass anti-government protests

Authorities cite 18 demonstrations since June that ended in violence and injuries – but rallies on Friday and Sunday get the green light.

16 Aug 2019 - 5:59PM

Authorities cite 18 demonstrations since June that ended in violence and injuries – but rallies on Friday and Sunday get the green light.

Police ban marches as Hong Kong readies for 11th weekend of mass anti-government protests
‘Disgusted’ Hong Kong civil servants warn of strike in second petition to government over handling of protests

More than 350 officers say they are ‘disgusted’ at police’s handling of anti-government protests and warn of a strike if public demands are not met.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:01PM

More than 350 officers say they are ‘disgusted’ at police’s handling of anti-government protests and warn of a strike if public demands are not met.

‘Disgusted’ Hong Kong civil servants warn of strike in second petition to government over handling of protests
Explainer | Explainer: What to know about interim High Court injunction to ban anti-government protesters from Hong Kong International Airport

Injunction prohibits obstruction of proper use of the airport – one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world – or the roads and passageways nearby.

15 Aug 2019 - 3:16PM

Injunction prohibits obstruction of proper use of the airport – one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world – or the roads and passageways nearby.

Explainer: What to know about interim High Court injunction to ban anti-government protesters from Hong Kong International Airport
Beijing condemns Hong Kong airport protesters over assault on two mainlanders, compares behaviour to acts of terrorism

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, China’s cabinet, expresses ‘extreme anger’ while liaison office fires harsh rebuke.

14 Aug 2019 - 9:13PM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, China’s cabinet, expresses ‘extreme anger’ while liaison office fires harsh rebuke.

Beijing condemns Hong Kong airport protesters over assault on two mainlanders, compares behaviour to acts of terrorism
Carrie Lam’s PR chief pays price for Hong Kong leader’s plummeting reputation amid anti-government protests

Cathy Chu to be reassigned as one government source says she has been made a scapegoat for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s plummeting reputation.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Cathy Chu to be reassigned as one government source says she has been made a scapegoat for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s plummeting reputation.

Carrie Lam’s PR chief pays price for Hong Kong leader’s plummeting reputation amid anti-government protests
Hong Kong protesters cripple airport as Beijing raises stakes with ‘terrorism’ warning

Thousands bring Hong Kong airport grinding to a halt, while police play down State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office terrorism comments and say they will treat situation like a ‘violent protest’.

13 Aug 2019 - 9:31AM

Thousands bring Hong Kong airport grinding to a halt, while police play down State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office terrorism comments and say they will treat situation like a ‘violent protest’.

Hong Kong protesters cripple airport as Beijing raises stakes with ‘terrorism’ warning
Hong Kong protesters raise US$1.97 million for international ad campaign as they accuse police of ‘war crimes’ and using ‘chemical weapons’

Activists accuse Hong Kong police of ‘war crimes’ and using ‘chemical weapons’ as they raise money in matter of hours, with 22,500 people contributing to fund.

13 Aug 2019 - 2:48AM

Activists accuse Hong Kong police of ‘war crimes’ and using ‘chemical weapons’ as they raise money in matter of hours, with 22,500 people contributing to fund.

Hong Kong protesters raise US$1.97 million for international ad campaign as they accuse police of ‘war crimes’ and using ‘chemical weapons’
Hong Kong’s legal reputation still intact, say Singapore-based lawyers

Singapore and Hong Kong have been competing to be the leading dispute resolution centre in the region, but concerns have surfaced over the impact of ongoing protests against the now-shelved extradition bill

11 Aug 2019 - 1:00PM

Singapore and Hong Kong have been competing to be the leading dispute resolution centre in the region, but concerns have surfaced over the impact of ongoing protests against the now-shelved extradition bill

Hong Kong’s legal reputation still intact, say Singapore-based lawyers
Singapore doesn’t profit from Hong Kong chaos, says minister K Shanmugam

Singapore’s law and home affairs minister K Shanmugam says solutions will have to be found for Hongkongers’ socio-economic and political concerns but to move forward, compromise is necessary.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:56AM

Singapore’s law and home affairs minister K Shanmugam says solutions will have to be found for Hongkongers’ socio-economic and political concerns but to move forward, compromise is necessary.

Singapore doesn’t profit from Hong Kong chaos, says minister K Shanmugam
Two months on and nearly 2,000 rounds of tear gas later, what do Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters really want?

What do protesters really want and what are the chances are of persuading them to stay off the streets?

18 Aug 2019 - 7:22AM

What do protesters really want and what are the chances are of persuading them to stay off the streets?

Two months on and nearly 2,000 rounds of tear gas later, what do Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters really want?
China, US sign UN protocol on mediation despite ongoing trade dispute

Singapore is set to capitalise on the naming of the US convention by positioning itself as a legal hub in the region, at the expense of Hong Kong.

7 Aug 2019 - 11:10PM

Singapore is set to capitalise on the naming of the US convention by positioning itself as a legal hub in the region, at the expense of Hong Kong.

China, US sign UN protocol on mediation despite ongoing trade dispute
Hong Kong civil servants embarrass government with protest against extradition bill and determination to ‘stand together with citizens’

Government workers call on their employer to meet protesters’ demands, one saying: ‘If we chose to stay silent, we will be betraying our duty’.

3 Aug 2019 - 4:24AM

Government workers call on their employer to meet protesters’ demands, one saying: ‘If we chose to stay silent, we will be betraying our duty’.

Hong Kong civil servants embarrass government with protest against extradition bill and determination to ‘stand together with citizens’
Explainer | How Hongkongers end up in the dock: everything you need to know about how the justice department decides who gets charged

Recent arrests of more than 180 protesters – and people accused of attacking them – have placed focus on how suspects end up in court. So who has the final say on prosecutions, and can they be politically influenced?

2 Aug 2019 - 7:13AM

Recent arrests of more than 180 protesters – and people accused of attacking them – have placed focus on how suspects end up in court. So who has the final say on prosecutions, and can they be politically influenced?

How Hongkongers end up in the dock: everything you need to know about how the justice department decides who gets charged
Hong Kong riot charges pushed ahead in unprecedented hardline move as justice chief forgoes usual written advice

Teresa Cheng opted to give police verbal assent on prosecutions, which could end in 10-year sentences for 44 people. Move seen as seeking to deter further protests, amid allegations from prosecutors that political considerations are involved.

1 Aug 2019 - 11:41PM

Teresa Cheng opted to give police verbal assent on prosecutions, which could end in 10-year sentences for 44 people. Move seen as seeking to deter further protests, amid allegations from prosecutors that political considerations are involved.

Hong Kong riot charges pushed ahead in unprecedented hardline move as justice chief forgoes usual written advice
Hong Kong bankers join call for citywide strike over handling of outcry over extradition bill

Organisers demand inquiry into government’s recent performance over controversial extradition bill.

1 Aug 2019 - 1:16PM

Organisers demand inquiry into government’s recent performance over controversial extradition bill.

Hong Kong bankers join call for citywide strike over handling of outcry over extradition bill
First wave of alleged Hong Kong rioters – including teacher, 16-year-old and Cathay Pacific pilot – released on bail with most handed curfew

Dozens of defendants granted bail and most subject to curfew from midnight to 6am. Nurse also among 44 charged with rioting following Sunday night’s city centre clashes.

1 Aug 2019 - 12:01AM

Dozens of defendants granted bail and most subject to curfew from midnight to 6am. Nurse also among 44 charged with rioting following Sunday night’s city centre clashes.

First wave of alleged Hong Kong rioters – including teacher, 16-year-old and Cathay Pacific pilot – released on bail with most handed curfew
Who are the young civil servants defying peers and elders by holding a rally against Hong Kong’s extradition bill?

Plan to gather some 2,000 government employees for a ‘rational and peaceful’ exchange’ means putting names on record – and potentially careers at risk.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:33AM

Plan to gather some 2,000 government employees for a ‘rational and peaceful’ exchange’ means putting names on record – and potentially careers at risk.

Who are the young civil servants defying peers and elders by holding a rally against Hong Kong’s extradition bill?