Reporters 'bound by Beijing rules'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 June, 1999, 12:00am

Journalists should comply with regulations when reporting on the mainland, the Chief Executive's spokesman said yesterday.

Responding to a ban on journalists covering meetings on the right of abode controversy in Beijing this week, Information Co-ordinator Stephen Lam Sui-lung said he had reflected journalists' concerns to Beijing.

'In covering events outside Hong Kong, Hong Kong journalists have to comply with local regulations . . . that applies on the mainland, North America or anywhere else in the world,' he said.

Public Security Bureau officers prevented journalists covering a petition by three Hong Kong students this week and the meeting of the Basic Law Committee.

Committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu last night apologised for failing to arrange coverage.

She said the committee was responsible to the Standing Committee. 'Its views are for the committee, not for you all,' said Ms Tam, who 'had not realised' that details of the meeting would not be released.

Four local deputies have been invited to attend next week's Standing Committee meeting on reinterpretation of the Basic Law. They are Ms Tam, Yuan Mo, Ng Ching-fai and Ng Hong-man. Mr Ng cannot attend because of prior engagements.