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Freedom of the Press

It’s not stenography…and it’s not always nice

No one likes having her secrets exposed.

No person, no government.

And that’s why having a journalist as a friend is always a dicey proposition – for a good journalist, the story will trump the friendship.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 10:32am 1 comment

US reporters' phone records seized 'to protect lives'

The US government claims it was only trying to protect American lives when it took the drastic step of seizing journalists' phone records in a probe of what it calls a major security breach.

16 May 2013 - 1:17am

Journalists admit they censor themselves

One in three journalists in Hong Kong admitted exercising 'self-censorship' over the past year, according to the latest Journalists' Association survey.

The findings also showed 87 per cent of the 663 respondents said press freedom in the city - a constitutional guarantee - had been eroded under Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Police and media remain at odds

The police seem to have the misconception that the work of journalists is an obstacle to their operation, or sometimes even a threat to public order. That mindset is reflected in the way journalists are treated when covering protests and demonstrations, especially those taking place outside the central government's liaison office in Western District.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

There's still hope for global freedom

While 2011 was seen as a year of movement towards global liberalism, in reality, no significant changes happened.

The Freedom in the World 2012 report shows more countries registered declines, not gains, in civil liberties last year.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Press freedom at growing risk, journalists warn

Attacks on Hong Kong's long-standing press freedoms reached unprecedented levels last year, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says, while the landscape for media on the mainland became increasingly hostile.

Those were the findings of the IFJ's annual report on press freedom in China, published yesterday.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

World of difference on right of expression

In Athens, 1,500 years ago, freedom of speech existed. It formed a strong pillar of the Roman Republic and was part of Islamic ethics in the seventh century under the Caliph Umar during the Rashidun period. In Europe, after the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity, there was little in term of laws in regards to the rights of a person.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Silence kills democracy... but a free press talks

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Let's explore why the media is important and what can be done to protect it.

Journalists protect citizens from authority. You might wonder why anyone would need protecting from authorities, but sometimes the authorities are bad. They might be corrupt or oppressive and it is often journalists who are the first to expose this.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Pay journalists more, Tang says

Newspaper companies should consider paying their journalists more to reduce staff turnover and ensure the quality of their products, acting chief executive Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday.

Tang, the chief secretary, was speaking at the annual Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards presentation ceremony.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Mainland press badges suggestion rejected

The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association has rejected a bid to make Hong Kong reporters wear press badges while reporting on the mainland, insisting the move would present even more obstacles against free and open coverage.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am