Foreign Correspondents' Club

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Foreign Correspondents' Club is a group of clubs for foreign correspondents and other journalists. Some clubs are members only, and some are open to the public.


The Foreign Correspondents' Club in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is a public bar and restaurant along the Tonle Sap river, not far from the conjunction with the Mekong river. It is often referred to as 'the FCC,' or just simply 'the F.'

The FCC in Phnom Penh is a for-profit restaurant, not a membership club for journalists. Members from reciprocal clubs get a 10% discount on food and drinks. [1]


China has two foreign correspondents' clubs, one based in Beijing and the other in Shanghai.


The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China was established in Beijing in 1981. The objectives of the club are to promote friendship and professional exchange among foreign correspondents stationed in China, to promote professionalism in journalism and to defend the ideals of freedom of the press and the free exchange of information. It holds several speaking and social events each month, and conducts an annual Working Conditions Survey of its members. [2]


The Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club (SFCC) aims to provide a forum for discussion of important issues of the day, introduce its members to new business and cultural personalities, and allow members of the Shanghai journalism community to meet each other on an informal basis. The SFCC also serves as the foreign correspondents community’s voice to the Shanghai government and foreign affairs office on issues that concern our members. [3]

Hong Kong[edit]

The Foreign Correspondents' Club was founded in Chongqing in 1943 and moved to Hong Kong (from Shanghai) in 1949. It is a club for the media, business and diplomatic community. Originally an expansive villa with hotel rooms located on the now-residential 41 Conduit Road, its current residence near Lan Kwai Fong is a much humbler venue, housing a main bar, jazz bar, main restaurant, Chinese restaurant, health club, reading room, and work room.

The FCC is a members-only club with membership claimed to range from the reporters, photographers and radio and television teams, the Chief Executive of the territory and leading figures in the worlds of business and diplomacy - although membership isn't exclusive to those in the media.

When prominent international figures from the worlds of commerce, politics or entertainment visit Hong Kong, many choose to address the FCC's speaker lunches as the best means of reaching their desired audience - both directly and through media coverage of the events.

In 2002 the club launched a charity ball featuring major musical acts that attracts attendees from across Asia. The ball raised millions to educate children from the Po Leung Kuk orphanage, though its last edition was in 2015. [4]


The FCC in New Delhi has a long pedigree, having been founded in 1958 by correspondents covering the Indian Subcontinent from Tibet to Sri Lanka. It has more than 500 journalist members still cover as much of region as possible. New Delhi was and remains the natural locus of the Subcontinent from the perspective of the press by virtue of being the capital of India, having extensive residential, schooling and entertainment options for families, and having the benefit of nonstop flights to dozens of cities in the Subcontinent, a necessity for journalists. Most correspondents of international media outlets tend to cover not only India but also all neighboring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from a permanent base in New Delhi.

In 1990, the FCC obtained its own premises on Mathura Road, a major thoroughfare, in New Delhi. [5]


The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC) is a non-profit organization for international journalists in Indonesia. The group regularly hosts luncheons with key news makers in Indonesia and topical panel discussions. Membership is open to non-journalists. [6]


The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) was started in 1945 to provide infrastructure for foreign journalists working in Post-World War II Japan. Historically, the Club has been located in the area around the Ginza.

Today, the club offers a workroom facility, a library, a restaurant, a bar, and a steady stream of local and international speakers and panels.

It is a member's club but visiting correspondents are eligible for a 30-day membership. Long standing members are affectionately referred to within the club as "squirrels"; hence, the Club itself is "Squirrel Corner". [7]


The Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia is a non-profit organisation, established in 2011 to aid foreign correspondents working in Malaysia.

The club organises regular briefings, debates and receptions with government officials, politicians, leading civil society figures, business leaders, analysts, academics and authors. The club also holds monthly social events.

The FCCM includes members from all major foreign news media based in Kuala Lumpur. Associate members include journalists from the local media, foreign diplomats, government agency and trade office representatives, executives from the business community and non-government organisations.[8]


The Foreign Correspondents Association (Singapore) is a foreign journalist organization. Founded in 1956, it is not associated with the Foreign Correspondents' Clubs. [9]


The Taiwan Foreign Correspondents' Club.[10]


The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) located in Bangkok, is an established press club of more than 50 years duration. [11]

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  1. ^ "FCC Cambodia Boutique Hotels, Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) Cambodia". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Foreign Correspondents' Club of China". 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ "The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong | FCC". 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Home". 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Home". FCCJ. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Foreign Correspondents Association (Singapore)". 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Taiwan Foreign Correspondents' Club »". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-06.  FCCT website