Freedom of the Press

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

US White House press secretary Jay Carney takes questions from journalists during a press conference in Washington DC, on May 14, 2013. Photo: EPA

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'

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney takes questions from members of the news media during a press conference in Washington. Photo: EPA

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

Hu offers assurances to foreign reporters

The central government will protect the rights of international news organisations in reporting about China, President Hu Jintao says.

The pledge appears to be intended to address growing concerns the country might withdraw from its relatively open attitude to foreign media since the Beijing Olympic Games.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Have the tables turned between censorship and freedom?

Li Datong knows how it feels to be a staunch voice of dissent in the mainland's treacherous yet slowly progressing media climate.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Domestic journalists also deserve freedoms

Beijing has more to lose than gain by preventing journalists from doing their work. The openness and transparency essential for the nation to move harmoniously forward can largely be assured by free media. That freedoms granted to foreign reporters in the lead-up to and during the Olympic Games have been made permanent is obviously a step in the right direction.

20 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Foreign reporters pack their bags - and may be leaving a changed China behind

After two weeks basking in worldwide media attention - good and bad - Chinese authorities can finally breathe a sigh of relief as more than 20,000 international journalists return home as the Olympics end.

25 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Screws tighten on mainland journalists

Beijing's censorship apparatus has kept a tight grip on the mainland press by issuing a meticulous, 21-point regulation on taboo topics for Olympic coverage and sending provincial propaganda officials to keep watch over reporters.

12 Aug 2008 - 12:00am