Xinhua News Agency

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2007, 12:00am

Journalists' group complains at police inquiry on columnist

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has written to the police complaining that officers compromised free speech by approaching Oriental Daily for details about a columnist. It said police had visited the newspaper last Thursday seeking information about the columnist and how it screened articles after they received a complaint that a column in The Sun, its sister newspaper, in August last year might have provoked violence. In a letter to Police Commissioner Tang King-shing, the association expressed 'grave concern' about the police action.

A police spokeswoman said the force had high respect for the press and freedom of speech and would handle complaints in a fair and unbiased manner. It had approached the newspaper for background details to understand the case.

More voters likely to back independents, survey finds

More voters have decided to back independent candidates in the district council elections. A Chinese University of Hong Kong survey in the last week of last month showed 46.4 per cent of those who were registered voters said they would vote for independent candidates, up from 39.8 per cent in a previous poll. A total of 30.8 per cent said they would vote for pan-democrats, compared with 13.4 per cent support for Beijing-friendly contenders. The remaining 9.4 per cent were undecided.

Guangdong acts to ensure sufficient Dongjiang supplies

Guangdong issued an order to reservoirs and power stations downstream on the Dongjiang, or East River, to ensure sufficient water supplies to cities including Hong Kong. Xinhua reported rainfall dropped significantly last month and the provincial flood prevention authorities would have to unify allocation of water resources from November 15 to April 15. Power firms and reservoirs must follow instructions on discharging water.