Journalism Ethics

Do media reports influence Hong Kong's suicide rate?

Ninety per cent of Hong Kong suicide articles carry graphic pictorial presentations. Photo: AFP

How suicides are reported in Hong Kong media could have a significant impact on the rate of the deaths, according to an expert at the University of Hong Kong.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 7:47am 1 comment

Exco's Franklin Lam backs off suing Apple Daily

Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: Edward Wong

Executive Councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung has decided not to sue Apple Daily for an article that said he was biased against migrants - a claim the paper has admitted was untrue.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Criticism of government must be based on fact

Apple Daily wrongly claimed Franklin Lam Fan-keung to be discriminating against people from the mainland. Photo: Edward Wong

The Apple Daily newspaper was recently obliged to issue a front-page apology to executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung, after wrongly claiming that he had admitted discriminating against people from the mainland. In fact, not only was the story not true, it was the exact opposite of what Lam had actually said.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:42am 2 comments

Model experiences the best and worst of the fine (and not so fine) art of photography

It's ironic that just one day after Lynn Xiong Dailin confronted a stalking paparazzo, the model was at the opening of the Lomography exhibition at Times Square talking about how much she enjoyed taking photos.

At the weekend, Xiong was followed by a paparazzo while walking her dog in Stanley with friends.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Press Council condemns photos' publication

The Press Council yesterday condemned Oriental Sunday for publishing in January paparazzi photographs of student activist Christina Chan Hau-man in underwear at her Cheung Chau home. The council, which received 49 complaints over the photos, said they infringed her privacy and breached the code of practice. Oriental Sunday, owned by New Media Group, made no response to the judgment.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Do celebrities have a right to privacy?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Dennis Wu, 17, St Joseph's College

There are constant outcries and complaints from celebrities about not having enough privacy. I'm really put off by such comment.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Judge rejects barrister's claim for $2m damages

Barrister Stephen Yam Chi-ming has failed in his bid to win $2 million damages for a report in a Chinese-language newspaper that was found to have defamed him.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Former Miss Asia settles libel suit against tabloid

Actress Yang Kung-yu has settled a libel suit against a tabloid weekly for an undisclosed sum.

The plaintiff's counsel, Walker Sham, told the Court of First Instance Yang had accepted a substantial sum from the defendants, Sudden Weekly, and its reporter Lam Bik-yeung. In return, the publication did not have to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Death puts media madness in focus

A massive backlash against the media in general and the paparazzi in particular is growing as questions over the blame for Princess Diana's death are asked.

1 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

The story that cost media its freedom

Hard-nosed investigative journalism is by no means a copyrighted invention of the modern media. Back in 1887, a reporter called Nellie Bly wanted to find out what went on behind the imposing doors of the New York lunatic asylum, and decided the only way to do it was by subterfuge.

30 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Professor's record $2.4m libel payout quashed on appeal

A TOP economist's record-breaking $2.4 million libel award was overturned yesterday after the Court of Appeal said it was excessive and could jeopardise the right to freedom of expression.

Eastweek magazine was ordered to pay the sum to Professor Steven Cheung Ng-sheong after publishing an article claiming he skipped classes.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am