Biggest Hong Kong news stories 2019: Students were most interested in protest-related reports

Hok Yau Club’s annual questionnaire reveals 8 out of 10 most important stories of the year were about the ongoing protests, according to students

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News about the anti-extradition bill and anti-government protests dominated headlines this year, with eight of the top ten biggest news items related to the ongoing movement, according to a survey of student responses.

The vote was organised by the Hok Yau Club in November to December of last year, and tallied responses from more than 60,000 secondary students.

Reports on the August 31 Prince Edward MTR station police operation and rumours about the death of multiple protesters was the most important story of the year, according to students. 

The Yuen Long MTR attack by white-shirted assailants on July 21, and the escalation of violence following the passage of an anti-mask law using Emergency Powers by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-nor were second and third respectively.

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The only two among the top 10 which were not protest-related were reports about the Amazon rainforest fires at number nine, and news about astronomers taking the first photo of a black hole was number 10.

The Club’s analysis of the results found more international news made it into the top 30 news items, increasing from five in the previous year to nine in this year. They also found environmental issues, as shown by the Amazon forest fires ranked highly in students minds.