Dear users of HKChronicles,
From the evening of 6th January, 2021 (Hong Kong Time), the chief editor of HKChronicles, Naomi Chan, has received numerous reports from users located in Hong Kong. They noticed that the website was inaccessible when using the Internet service provided by some ISPs in Hong Kong. After looking into the analytics, we also found that the number of visitors from Hong Kong decreased drastically. Because of the scenario, there are some rumors on the Internet regarding to the status of service on our website. Naomi Chan would like to address a misconception on our service: We had never prevent users from accessing our website based on their location or ISP, and we are not planning to do so in the future.
Delivering information to anywhere using any means is one of the goals that HKChronicles strived to reach. The act of banning users from certain countries does not meet our philosophy, and in the meantime, won't provide benefits to our website or improve our security. After investigation, we found no evidence showing any of our service provider actively bans users from Hong Kong.
After discussing and investigating with our supporters, we found that some ISPs of Hong Kong has deliberately dropped any connection to our servers, so that the user could not receive replies from our servers, resulting in an inability to access our content. Some of the websites that shares the same IP address was also affected. Based on the reports from users, the ISPs that had participated in the blocking of our website includes Smartone, CMHK, HKBN, PCCW and more.
Owing to the current evidence and signs, we believe that Hong Kong ISPs has attempted to block our website and prevent citizens from accessing our content, which could involve government’s request or cooperation. Naomi Chan hereby denounces ISPs that cooperate with the Chinese and Hong Kong government to restrict the citizens’ right and freedom to access information. Naomi Chan would also like to advise HongKongers to make early preparations to counter future Internet blockage at a larger scale, and to face the darkness before dawn.
HKChronicles would also continue to improve our systems and servers to try our best to service Hong Kong users. Please follow our official Telegram Channel at @hkchronicles (https://t.me/hkchronicles) to get our latest news.
Chief editor and operator of HKChronicles
7th January, 2021