Media freedom pressed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 12:00am

While celebrities call for legal action over the stalking antics of certain members of the paparazzi, they appear to be doing a good job of getting their own back.

First of all, pop singer Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi (right) ruffled the media's feathers with a set of rules she has imposed for an album-signing session tomorrow. Reporters and photographers have been told they have to stay at least three metres from the stage in New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. Cheung has also refused to talk to the press at the event.

'What's the point of going?' one reporter remarked. Well, perhaps that is Cheung's point.

Then yesterday, the press conference for the arrival of Hollywood star John Travolta turned into chaos. About 50 members of the press complained to the event organisers about the setting of the conference room at the InterContinental Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. There was pandemonium at the front as photographers and TV crews tried to get a good view in the limited space available. It took 30 minutes before the organisers moved seats away from the front to give the snappers a good vantage point.

Just bad organisation - or a cunning conspiracy?