China's state-backed journalists are seen as the direct agents of Beijing by their own bosses and government.
New Citizens' Movement activist Yan Bozhen and China Rights Observer co-founder and torture victim Liu Xinglian applied for asylum while in transit from Thailand.
Chief executive Carrie Lam says the city must now prioritize China's national security concerns over calls for freedom of speech.
The move comes as the ruling Chinese Communist Party tries to roll out controversial funeral reforms across the country.
Wong will be unable to leave Hong Kong for the next eight months after a court refused to ease bail conditions linked to his use of civil disobedience during the 2014 Umbrella Movement.
Fellow rights activist and lawyer Teng Biao says concerns about repercussions for family back in China are likely weighing on her mind.
Cases of physical attacks by families watching their homes destroyed, sometimes with scant warning, are highly sensitive in China.
Massively raised fines for failure to submit to inspection highlight large amounts of Chinese money slipping in under the authorities' radar.
Officials send in several hundred police to deal with any resistance as bulldozers remove shrines to communist icons.
An anti-religion movement targeting employees of the state is spreading rapidly across eastern China, with punishments likely for anyone professing religious beliefs.
Beijing rebuffs international concern over the move, while rights activists say China is exporting its own brand of political censorship to the city.
Taiwan national Wei Ming-jen's shrine to the Chinese Communist Party has prompted questions about the island's national security.
Some fear that members of the underground church will be left more vulnerable, while others are hoping for formal diplomatic ties.
The Hong Kong National Party is banned under a colonial law that seeks to prevent the spread of criminal societies and the violent overthrow of the city's government.
Wu Yuhua and her husband Yang Chong face charges of violating Thai immigration law.
Lawmakers on the democratic island table amendments that would see those applying for residence permits from Beijing lose certain rights and privileges back home.
The government is 'blocking off a channel' for Chinese citizens to find news and ideas that it doesn't approve of.
Children left behind in rural areas by parents seeking work in far-off cities are particularly vulnerable, reports indicate.
The detentions follow an attempted protest on Beijing's Tiananmen Square during the China-Africa Forum earlier this month.
China's foreign ministry confirms it has been talking to the U.S. about its requirement that Xinhua and CGTN be registered as agents under lobbying laws.
Chu Ling, wife of jailed cartoonist Jiang Yefei, says her husband has sustained permanent damage to one eye while inside a Chinese jail.
Liu Zhixiang is being pursued by officials and police from Jiangxi amid growing public anger over coercive funeral reforms.
China's full-throttle diplomatic response comes after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama visited the country earlier this month.
Five years after they set up a nationwide group to protect their interests, rights attorneys are turning to consultancy work after losing their licenses.
Political asylum seekers Wu Yuhua and husband Yang Chong had been seeking bail as part of effort to avoid return to China.
Zhu Yufu is called in for questioning over alleged 'subversion of state power' after he auctioned off his calligraphy to aid political prisoners.
Fishing boats are lost, fish-farms swamped and trees block roads as the typhoon makes landfall in southern China.
Reports indicate that Beijing may achieve its aim of unifying its 'patriotic' Catholics with unofficial worshipers loyal to the Vatican.
The salvo is the latest in a string of complaints aimed at international companies listing the democratic island, which has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, separately.
Ai Wu and Yang Chong fear political reprisals if they are sent back to China, while a rights group says Beijing may be putting pressure on Bangkok to do this.