Statement by the Editor-in-Chief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am


Dear team,

I am five months into my role as Editor-in-Chief and today I face a situation where my leadership and our newspaper's integrity have been called into question.

This matter should have been resolved in a much more constructive way. However, it gives me an opportunity to state where I stand as editor in a city where we hold press freedom dear.

Firstly please allow me to state the facts. I want to make it absolutely clear that I did not try to downplay the Li Wangyang story.

Despite local media insinuations, the case of the hanging of dissident Li Wangyang was reported extensively in our newspaper. Although I chose not to prioritise coverage on the first day it broke until more facts and details surrounding the circumstances of this case could be established, we subsequently splashed no less than three front pages, two leaders, plus several other prominent positions including two articles by myself.

We all have a huge responsibility to deliver news that continues the journalistic heritage we have inherited. I am proud of our team and believe we are able to continue to build upon this legacy of excellence together.

Finally, as I have said on many occasions, I welcome all discussion and debate in a timely, professional and mutually respectful manner.

Trusted, authoritative reporting remains our legacy, our strength and our purpose.

Let's continue to build upon that.