Bid to safeguard journalists' rights
Fanny W. Y. Fung
Thirty-three local deputies to the National People's Congress have issued a joint call, urging the mainland authorities to better treat Hong Kong journalists.
In a proposal submitted yesterday, the deputies made suggestions aimed at safeguarding the rights and safety of Hong Kong journalists covering news on the mainland.
When the authorities cited legal reasons to halt the reporting of certain stories, they should explain which laws were being violated. And telephone numbers of relevant departments should be provided to assist reporters, the deputies said.
Michael Tien Puk-sun, who drafted the paper, said he believed the suggestions were supported by his colleagues because they were in line with Premier Wen Jiabao's pledge for a sunshine government. There are 36 members in the Hong Kong delegation to the NPC.