Copycat Suicide

Dying to be like the stars

When Korean actor and singer Park Yong-ha hanged himself on his bedpost on June 30 last year, it sent shock waves around the world.

Sunday, 4 December, 2011, 12:00am

Talk back

Q Should all mobile phone use by drivers be banned?

I have a mixed reaction to your article 'Surge in drivers punished for handphone use' (May 4). The fact that more police are noticing the offence and taking action is encouraging. Perhaps they will also start to notice and prosecute, or warn, the many drivers who don't turn their lights on, even in poor visibility.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Anti-suicide fence for Times Square

Three people have jumped recently off the eighth floor

One of Hong Kong's best-known shopping centres, Times Square in Causeway Bay, is installing internal fencing to deter suicide jumpers after three people leaped to their deaths inside the centre.

10 May 2004 - 12:00am

Copycat killings

Despite the news of pop icon Anita Mui Yim-fong's death taking up most of the front pages, a suicide story managed to make its way to the front of Apple Daily's second section during that week. It was a gruesome story - a man first throws his struggling wife out of the window of their high-rise apartment, then hurls himself after her.

29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Copycat killings

Despite the news of pop icon Anita Mui Yim-fong's death taking up most of the front pages, a suicide story managed to make its way to the front of Apple Daily's second section during that week. It was a gruesome story - a man first throws his struggling wife out of the window of their high-rise apartment, then hurls himself after her.

29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Media blamed for copycat child suicides

The media's sympathetic portrayal of children who tried to kill themselves as victims has encouraged copycat suicide attempts, an academic said yesterday.

18 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Prevent copycat suicides

I AM concerned about the widespread publicity given to youth suicides in Hong Kong. Front-page coverage or detailed accounts in the press of a suicide bid cause some teenagers to copy this fatal act, when they feel they are depressed. Youngsters are easily and sometimes profoundly influenced by what they read in papers or see on television.

15 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Call to change suicide coverage

THE new chairman of the Education Commission yesterday urged the media to be more ''considerate'' to victims and readers in reporting child suicide cases.

Professor Rosie Young Tse-tse said all media reports were highly influential, citing a 1988 case in which a student at Hongkong University committed suicide after her full name was published following a theft case.

15 Jan 1993 - 12:00am