A history of influential coverage

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 August, 2006, 12:00am

First published on July 3, 1973, the Hong Kong Economic Journal was founded by Lam Shan-muk, known by his pen name, Lam Hang-chi. However, since then there has been little change in the layout - few graphics but lots of words - with economic news and related issues remaining the main focus.

It is hailed as one of the most influential newspapers in the Chinese media world, with its reports and commentaries regarded as radical, objective, fair and well balanced among Hong Kong's newspapers.

During July 2003, when the Hong Kong government tried to push through national security legislation, Mr Lam said in his column that if the bill was passed and was little different to what the newspaper understood to contain, it would be easy for newspapers to break the law. 'We have to consider if the HKEJ should continue.' He also called off the paper's 30th anniversary banquet.

A Chinese University of Hong Kong study in 2001 found the Journal was regarded as the newspaper with the highest degree of credibility in Hong Kong. Two of its columns are widely respected - 'Political and Economical Review' written by Mr Lam, offering in-depth analysis on hard news and discussing economic theories, and 'Investor's Diary' written by director Cho Chi-ming under the pen name Cho Yan-chiu, covering areas such as global stock markets and share-buying tips.