Phila Siu

Hong Kong

Phila Siu

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong barristers have ‘serious doubts’ over legality of postponing Legislative Council elections

Bar Association has serious concerns over decision to delay Legislative Council elections for a year in face of growing Covid-19 crisis.

3 Aug 2020 - 9:33AM

Bar Association has serious concerns over decision to delay Legislative Council elections for a year in face of growing Covid-19 crisis.

Hong Kong barristers have ‘serious doubts’ over legality of postponing Legislative Council elections
Hong Kong third wave: city confirms fresh daily high of 149 new Covid-19 cases, one more death

It is the ninth day in row the city has registered 100-plus new infections, pushing the case tally to 3,151.

31 Jul 2020 - 3:28PM

It is the ninth day in row the city has registered 100-plus new infections, pushing the case tally to 3,151.

Hong Kong third wave: city confirms fresh daily high of 149 new Covid-19 cases, one more death
Hong Kong to suspend deals on extradition and criminal justice cooperation with Australia, Britain and Canada

Beijing announces tit-for-tat moves against the three Western nations, accusing them of ‘gross interference’ in China’s domestic affairs. Foreign ministry also warns New Zealand of retaliation after it puts legal pact with Hong Kong on hold.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:41AM

Beijing announces tit-for-tat moves against the three Western nations, accusing them of ‘gross interference’ in China’s domestic affairs. Foreign ministry also warns New Zealand of retaliation after it puts legal pact with Hong Kong on hold.

Hong Kong to suspend deals on extradition and criminal justice cooperation with Australia, Britain and Canada
Hong Kong third wave: health chief has no ‘particular views’ on whether Covid-19 should delay Legislative Council elections

Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan says she has no ‘particular views’ on whether to postpone vote because of coronavirus threat.

28 Jul 2020 - 1:34PM

Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan says she has no ‘particular views’ on whether to postpone vote because of coronavirus threat.

Hong Kong third wave: health chief has no ‘particular views’ on whether Covid-19 should delay Legislative Council elections
Hong Kong third wave: record 145 Covid-19 cases trigger toughest preventive measures yet

Government further limits public gatherings and makes wearing masks mandatory in outdoor public places.

28 Jul 2020 - 1:03PM

Government further limits public gatherings and makes wearing masks mandatory in outdoor public places.

Hong Kong third wave: record 145 Covid-19 cases trigger toughest preventive measures yet
Hong Kong third wave: no sign of Covid-19 crisis easing as city records 128 new cases

Of the new cases, 68 were linked to other infections, 25 were imported and the authorities were still tracing the sources of the other 35.

26 Jul 2020 - 7:41PM

Of the new cases, 68 were linked to other infections, 25 were imported and the authorities were still tracing the sources of the other 35.

Hong Kong third wave: no sign of Covid-19 crisis easing as city records 128 new cases
Hong Kong third wave: health experts question ‘late’ move to plug Covid-19 loopholes for seafarers and aircrew as city records another 128 infections

Health experts query why changes affecting seafarers, aircrew will only come into effect from Wednesday rather than immediately.

27 Jul 2020 - 6:40AM

Health experts query why changes affecting seafarers, aircrew will only come into effect from Wednesday rather than immediately.

Hong Kong third wave: health experts question ‘late’ move to plug Covid-19 loopholes for seafarers and aircrew as city records another 128 infections
Hong Kong third wave: ‘mainland Chinese health authorities have offered Covid-19 help, with city likely to accept’

Official agencies among the mainland health organisations willing to provide medical equipment, expertise and testing support, source says.

22 Jul 2020 - 11:56PM

Official agencies among the mainland health organisations willing to provide medical equipment, expertise and testing support, source says.

Hong Kong third wave: ‘mainland Chinese health authorities have offered Covid-19 help, with city likely to accept’
Hong Kong protests: activist holding banner arrested on suspicion of breaking new security law on anniversary of Yuen Long attack

Demonstrator’s placard at mall gathering read: Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times.

22 Jul 2020 - 12:45AM

Demonstrator’s placard at mall gathering read: Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times.

Hong Kong protests: activist holding banner arrested on suspicion of breaking new security law on anniversary of Yuen Long attack
Hong Kong third wave: Carrie Lam steps up fight against coronavirus, with masks to be made mandatory in indoor public places and civil servants working from home

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam also warns the city could be hit by another wave of infections in winter, just as health experts had feared.

20 Jul 2020 - 12:26AM

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam also warns the city could be hit by another wave of infections in winter, just as health experts had feared.

Hong Kong third wave: Carrie Lam steps up fight against coronavirus, with masks to be made mandatory in indoor public places and civil servants working from home
Hong Kong national security law: new head of Beijing office in city vows agents will not trample on people’s rights

Zheng Yanxiong says law was enacted for well-being of city’s residents and office would operate in ‘accordance with the law’.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:56PM

Zheng Yanxiong says law was enacted for well-being of city’s residents and office would operate in ‘accordance with the law’.

Hong Kong national security law: new head of Beijing office in city vows agents will not trample on people’s rights
National security law: social media giants refusing to cooperate with Hong Kong police may have to make exit plans, analysts say

Worst-case scenarios could see sites like Google or Facebook blocked in Hong Kong, while the city’s politicised status could see them pressured from two sides.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:49AM

Worst-case scenarios could see sites like Google or Facebook blocked in Hong Kong, while the city’s politicised status could see them pressured from two sides.

National security law: social media giants refusing to cooperate with Hong Kong police may have to make exit plans, analysts say
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s three-week streak of zero local infections ends, as authorities consider tightening rules on test exemptions

The government is also considering tightening the rules on those granted an exemption from Covid-19 testing when entering the city.

5 Jul 2020 - 11:27PM

The government is also considering tightening the rules on those granted an exemption from Covid-19 testing when entering the city.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s three-week streak of zero local infections ends, as authorities consider tightening rules on test exemptions
National security law: Hong Kong internet firms ‘will have to comply’ with police requests

Analysts say Hong Kong’s national security law gives authorities unfettered power, raising online privacy concerns and putting social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter in a difficult position.

4 Jul 2020 - 3:18PM

Analysts say Hong Kong’s national security law gives authorities unfettered power, raising online privacy concerns and putting social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter in a difficult position.

National security law: Hong Kong internet firms ‘will have to comply’ with police requests
‘Relaunch Hong Kong’ PR contract worth US$6.2 million goes to firm linked to controversy, raising eyebrows in industry

Employees of winning bidder Consulum said to be from firm which collapsed in 2017.

30 Jun 2020 - 1:19PM

Employees of winning bidder Consulum said to be from firm which collapsed in 2017.

‘Relaunch Hong Kong’ PR contract worth US$6.2 million goes to firm linked to controversy, raising eyebrows in industry
Hong Kong families to get extra cash boost as government sets up new HK$1.1 billion scheme to support those struggling to get by

Labour secretary Dr Law Chi-kwong announces plan to support low-income households that do not qualify for social security or public housing.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:57PM

Labour secretary Dr Law Chi-kwong announces plan to support low-income households that do not qualify for social security or public housing.

Hong Kong families to get extra cash boost as government sets up new HK$1.1 billion scheme to support those struggling to get by
Hong Kong national security law: dozens arrested during Kowloon protest, but planned Victoria Park march fizzles out

Police detain 53 people, including two district councillors, for unlawful assembly after crowd gathers in Kowloon, but planned Victoria Park march draws muted response as officers patrol area.

29 Jun 2020 - 9:58AM

Police detain 53 people, including two district councillors, for unlawful assembly after crowd gathers in Kowloon, but planned Victoria Park march draws muted response as officers patrol area.

Hong Kong national security law: dozens arrested during Kowloon protest, but planned Victoria Park march fizzles out
National security law: Hong Kong activists hope to get 60,000 labour union members to vote on strike

Organisers say that if 60 per cent of 60,000 workers vote for action to oppose the national security law, they will go ahead.

19 Jun 2020 - 1:33AM

Organisers say that if 60 per cent of 60,000 workers vote for action to oppose the national security law, they will go ahead.

National security law: Hong Kong activists hope to get 60,000 labour union members to vote on strike
Hong Kong protests: Taiwan announces humanitarian aid plan for people fleeing city

Government-funded agency will work with human rights and civil groups to help ‘asylum seekers’ with residency, settlement, employment and protection issues, official says.

20 Jun 2020 - 6:27PM

Government-funded agency will work with human rights and civil groups to help ‘asylum seekers’ with residency, settlement, employment and protection issues, official says.

Hong Kong protests: Taiwan announces humanitarian aid plan for people fleeing city
Hong Kong protests: more than 8,000 complaints made against police but force says many people were mobilised online

The force’s internal Complaints Against Police Office has so far filed 242 reports to the independent watchdog.

17 Jun 2020 - 12:40AM

The force’s internal Complaints Against Police Office has so far filed 242 reports to the independent watchdog.

Hong Kong protests: more than 8,000 complaints made against police but force says many people were mobilised online
Coronavirus: Hong Kong finance chief warns jobless rate will be worse than after global financial crisis

Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the employment situation is continuing to deteriorate.

14 Jun 2020 - 11:57PM

Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the employment situation is continuing to deteriorate.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong finance chief warns jobless rate will be worse than after global financial crisis
National security law: a new commission would allow Hong Kong leader to remain informed of developments, minister says

Secretary for Security John Lee also seeks to allay the public’s worries about Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.

14 Jun 2020 - 11:52PM

Secretary for Security John Lee also seeks to allay the public’s worries about Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.

National security law: a new commission would allow Hong Kong leader to remain informed of developments, minister says
Hong Kong Observatory drops typhoon warning for Tropical Cyclone Nuri as rough weather fears subside

Signal No 3 was issued on Saturday before it was downgraded to No 1 and dropped altogether the following day.

14 Jun 2020 - 2:23PM

Signal No 3 was issued on Saturday before it was downgraded to No 1 and dropped altogether the following day.

Hong Kong Observatory drops typhoon warning for Tropical Cyclone Nuri as rough weather fears subside
Chinese inmates in Philippines fear the worst as coronavirus deaths rise

Prisoners suspected to have contracted the coronavirus are dying in New Bilibid Prison, the Philippines’ most notorious jail.

14 Jun 2020 - 10:30PM

Prisoners suspected to have contracted the coronavirus are dying in New Bilibid Prison, the Philippines’ most notorious jail.

Chinese inmates in Philippines fear the worst as coronavirus deaths rise
Tiananmen vigil organisers, media boss Jimmy Lai to be prosecuted on incitement charges over Victoria Park gathering, Hong Kong police source says

The case, which will go to court on June 23, stems from a crowd of thousands turning out in defiance of a ban on the yearly candlelight gathering.

12 Jun 2020 - 12:05AM

The case, which will go to court on June 23, stems from a crowd of thousands turning out in defiance of a ban on the yearly candlelight gathering.

Tiananmen vigil organisers, media boss Jimmy Lai to be prosecuted on incitement charges over Victoria Park gathering, Hong Kong police source says
Protester who fled to Taiwan: ‘Tell my family I’m sorry for the trouble I’ve caused. I will never return to Hong Kong’

Jack Chan left Hong Kong when police started looking for him over his involvement in a serious offence during the protests.

12 Jun 2020 - 2:25AM

Jack Chan left Hong Kong when police started looking for him over his involvement in a serious offence during the protests.

Protester who fled to Taiwan: ‘Tell my family I’m sorry for the trouble I’ve caused. I will never return to Hong Kong’
Shark encounter gives Hong Kong swimmers fright of their lives off Sai Kung

The marine predators are not common in local waters, and those the group saw were later identified by conservation body WWF as spadenose sharks.

11 Jun 2020 - 12:17PM

The marine predators are not common in local waters, and those the group saw were later identified by conservation body WWF as spadenose sharks.

Shark encounter gives Hong Kong swimmers fright of their lives off Sai Kung
George Floyd death: why Hongkongers are divided over lessons from American unrest

Scenes of US streets engulfed by tear gas have led many to compare the protests with those in Hong Kong.

4 Jun 2020 - 6:59AM

Scenes of US streets engulfed by tear gas have led many to compare the protests with those in Hong Kong.

George Floyd death: why Hongkongers are divided over lessons from American unrest
Explainer | George Floyd protests: how Hong Kong anti-government unrest and United States rage over police brutality compare

From Mong Kok to Minneapolis, the US is experiencing the tear gas and violence all too familiar in Hong Kong.

4 Jun 2020 - 6:41AM

From Mong Kok to Minneapolis, the US is experiencing the tear gas and violence all too familiar in Hong Kong.

George Floyd protests: how Hong Kong anti-government unrest and United States rage over police brutality compare
Hong Kong labour minister says undersecretary appointment is not bid to pacify pro-Beijing camp

Law Chi-kwong says unionist Ho Kai-ming was picked for his knowledge of and devotion to politics.

1 Jun 2020 - 5:36PM

Law Chi-kwong says unionist Ho Kai-ming was picked for his knowledge of and devotion to politics.

Hong Kong labour minister says undersecretary appointment is not bid to pacify pro-Beijing camp