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Democrat chief Emily Lau slams TVB for Next Media ban

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 6:12am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 November, 2013, 6:12am

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing left a TVB interviewer speechless when she used a live appearance on the station to slam it for leaving Next Media journalists out in the cold.

Lau, herself a former TVB journalist, capped a tumultuous week for the city's dominant television broadcaster with her comments during the current affairs show On The Record.

"Before I start discussing anything, I have to speak up for the Next Media reporters outside the gates," she said after host Ho Man-man asked her a question about the visit by Beijing official Li Fei . "TVB should not ban reporters from covering news. I deeply regret this."

Ho appeared taken aback and did not address Lau's comments. Lau said she had not wanted to put the journalist on the spot but felt she had to say something.

The row started on Thursday, when TVB announced it would ban Next Media, owned by pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, from its press conferences and promotional events.

It accuses Next and its flagship newspaper Apple Daily of bias in its reporting of the saga over the government's refusal to grant a free-to-air television licence to Hong Kong Television Network.

"The incident has … infringed the freedom of press," Lau told Next Media journalists as she left the studio. "TVB has set a bad example for the public."

She urged TVB to settle its difference with Next Media in other ways. TVB's ban on Next Media is believed to be the first time a listed Hong Kong media company has barred another from covering its events. Apple Daily editor Cheung Kim-hung expressed regret over TVB's decision but denied vilifying the station.


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Google and you will find donations from Next Media Bigg Boss to Democratic Party stands at a whooping HK$16 million by 2011 thereafter no records were shown. Perhaps TVB should do the same, either publish wild and exaggerated reports regarding the special relationship between these two or snoop and sniff around to uncover the "Dirt". Haha Apple Daily have never published any thing in support of HK Government from day one it has maintained a white terror propaganda against the establishment. No proof is ever needed for their accusations of wrong doings because"I say so and you must believe and condemn".
Has she declared that her party had received donation from the boss of the paper? And how much. Or has not.
Emily is Jimmy Lai's puppet. She will do exactly as she is told otherwise he will cut off her funding. Hence her little show of complaining. Of course, Emily will never admit a conflict of interest.
Andy C
Apple Daily's comments in regards to TVB were spot on and I think TVB realises it to.


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