ATV - Asia Television Limited

Emily blows hot and cold on affair with media

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 December, 2004, 12:00am

Democracy diva Emily Lau Wai-hing is miffed at the press. She complains she rarely gets print coverage these days and is almost never asked to appear on television anymore.

And if she does make it in print, it's all nasty stuff like tabloid magazine Eastweek's latest cover story (pictured) about an alleged affair between her and fellow democracy icon Martin Lee Chu-ming. (Personally, I would find that quite touching if it were true.)

But, guess what? ATV World has invited her to appear on its Newsline programme to be aired 7pm tomorrow to talk about ... whether Emily is being censored on the orders of Beijing. That's half an hour of primetime exposure on a TV station whose Chinese-language editorials often sound like Xinhua op-eds.

This doesn't sound like censorship to me. Legislators, like movie stars, want to be in the spotlight, but voters, like fans, want variety and easily get distracted.

Staying on message during an election campaign is a virtue; doing that for your entire political career gets a bit tedious after a while.

With expert publicity-seekers like Albert Cheng King-hon and 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung in the current legislature, whom do you think reporters will be chasing?