Press photo exhibition on Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Law Movement
23 January until 4 February 2020
Opening: 22 January 2020, 7 p.m.
Titled Stand With Hong Kong Journalists, the exhibition features – for the first time in Austria – press photos of thirteen photojournalists from Hong Kong of the protest movement against the extradition law in Hong Kong 2019.
In the past six months, the world has witnessed millions of Hong Kong citizens participating in the protests against a proposed controversial extradition law that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. Critics say this would undermine Hong Kong’s judicial independence and could put dissidents at risk, including activists and journalists. The situation is escalating, creating uncertainties and unrests within Hong Kong, as well as China’s relationship with the world.
In this critical time, we would like to present a press photo exhibition that highlights the current social and political condition of HK. Between peaceful demonstrations and increasingly violent confrontations between police and civilians, reporters on the frontline have been braving tremendous risk to cover all the protests and clashes. By sharing the power of photojournalism amid this chaos, we wish to stand in solidarity with all members of the press, as well as to initiate conversations among HK people and the international community about human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of press.
Stand With Hong Kong Journalists
SWHKJ is an independent non-profit entity whose membership consists of a decentralised global network of ordinary citizens of various backgrounds and professions, including journalists, artists, lawyers, among others. At SWHKJ, our mission is to unite the world to firmly Stand With Hong Kong Journalists through carefully curated, meticulously researched art, photography and news media exhibitions.
Text: Stand With Hong Kong Journalists