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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2014, 4:16am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2014, 4:16am

Apple Daily advertising is no business of Chan's - or is it?


Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.

Apple Daily advertising is no business of Chan's - or is it?

All's fair in love and war. If someone socks you between the eyes, you knee him right back in the groin. Is that too hard for Anson Chan Fang On-sang to understand? She told the Financial Times Beijing leaned on HSBC and Standard Chartered not to advertise in media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's Apple Daily and that she had written to the two banks demanding to know why they buckled. Public Eye does not know for a fact that the banks have been pressured, and Chan has provided no evidence of it. But what business is it of hers where banks choose to advertise? We are a free society, aren't we? Isn't Chan a self-appointed champion of free choice? If HSBC and Standard Chartered choose to be leaned on, it is their choice. The reality is, Lai's Apple Daily has made no secret of its agenda to strike the Hong Kong and central governments whenever it can. So is it not fair enough for Beijing to strike back where it hurts? Beijing leaning on advertisers to boycott the Apple Daily is simply fighting dirt with dirt. Why is Chan doubling as unofficial spokesman for the Apple Daily anyway? Why isn't she also writing irate letters to HSBC and Standard Chartered demanding to know why they do not advertise in other newspapers as well? Could it be because Lai gave her millions in donations? Money that came with no strings attached, mind you.


White terror gets a new definition in Hong Kong

Shock! Horror! It's white terror! Run for your lives. So many people have sounded the white terror alarm lately that Public Eye feared Hong Kong's streets must be littered with mutilated corpses. (They are not.) Then it hit us. In Hong Kong, white terror does not mean what it really means. Here, if "Short Hair" Leung Kwok-hung is arrested for breaking the law, it's white terror. If Alliance for True Democracy convener Joseph Cheng Yu-shek is exposed in Beijing-loyalist media for falsely stating his nationality in a passport application, it is white terror. If mainland companies refuse to advertise in AM730, the free newspaper owned by Centaline property agency boss Shih Wing-ching, it is white terror. If the media reveal tycoon Jimmy Lai's multimillion-dollar donations to pan-democrats, it is white terror. So what isn't white terror? If Lai's paper spills the dirt on others. Surely, Shih must be in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks mainland advertisers are obliged to aid his paper financially so he can use it to attack the central government. With all the white terror going on in the city, history needs to be rewritten to redefine the term.


McDummies' rotten handling of meat scandal

Will the McDummies at McDonald's never learn? First, they denied having bought rotten meat from Husi Shanghai. Then they issued a brief statement, in Chinese only, saying they did in fact twice buy potentially rotten Husi meat, some of which went into the bellies of Hongkongers. When public fury erupted, the McDummies tried to lie low, but the heat got too much. The chief McDummy, Randy Lai Wai-sze, gave a four-minute news conference, again only in Chinese, during which she read out a statement of apology but took no questions and left in a McHurry. If the McDummies really think they can win back trust that way, they're Big MacIdiots.


Michael Chugani is a columnist and television show host. mickchug@gmail.com



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Anson Chan is delusional if she is writing to the banks as an ex high official.
If she is writing in her capacity as a shareholder, then it's best done in the AGM. Companies have better things to do then entertaining letters from idiots.
Well said, well said!
A polling by CUHK shows Apple has the lowest credibity among all papers except the three Beijing official papers. If l were HSBC and Standard, I would give the reason that Apple’s credibility is so low and there are so much created news that ads there would taint any bank’ image. Besides are the readers of this paper their target customers?
She should be praised for respecting our Chinese virtue that you have received other person's benefit then your have to return something. Right?
HSBC and Standchart probably knew about the routing of millions to the pandems ions ago.
This is what made them pull out their ads, not pressure from the Chinese as alleged.
anson is trampling on the very tenet of democracy and a free economy by insisting both banks continue to advertise in a said paper with political leanings akin to hers.
reminds one of third world leaders who abuses their authority to cajole big biz to favour their press allies.....only thng is, anson is self appointed!
Everybody uses the term White Terror because they're terrorized to use RED TERROR which is what is actually circulating around Hong Kong these days...
Actually, why should the banks provide a reason for not advertising in Apple Daily?
This is HK and we advocate consumer choices.
Randy Lai laid low so her company could continue to sell the remainder of the Huxi inventory even tho the story broke days earlier in China. they started discarding their stock only after real heat was turned on them the last two days.
now, tons of these Huxi "food" are lying around in the NT, rotting and attracting flies and mossies. Randy did not want to dump it in TSK landfills since the press would have easy access to them.
can the health and food department act on this? what are they doing? can we make randy lai eat what she dumped in the NT for the next week?
If anyone dares to criticize the Hong Kong government, should the Hong Kong government hit him/her where it hurts as well?


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