Media Freedom

HK$3.5 billion, a price too high for gagging journalist Chen Yongzhou?

A woman reads the New Express newspaper's full-page editorial on Wednesday in a library in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: AFP

Muckraking journalist Chen Yongzhou was detained in Guangzhou last week on suspicion of “harming the commercial reputation” of Zoomlion, China’s second-largest maker of construction equipment.

Friday, 25 October, 2013, 6:50pm

In China, bloggers push for freer media

Sina Corp's Chinese microblog website "Weibo". Photo: Reuters

A mainland journalist's decision to reveal details of a high-ranking official's wrongdoing in a microblog message rather than publish it in his magazine would appear to be a game-changer.

23 May 2013 - 4:20am

Hong Kong ranks 72nd in US report on press freedom

Mak Yin-ting, Chairperson of The Hong Kong Journalists Association. Photo: Edward Wong

Growing government restrictions on journalists' access to information have contributed to the decline of Hong Kong's free press, says a United States report on press freedom.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Taxiing towards less controlled media

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Bad Chinese emperors spent their time indulging themselves in palaces while neglecting state affairs. Good emperors lost sleep as they tirelessly administered the state and worried about the welfare of their subjects. Some famously travelled incognito to see for themselves how their people really lived and what hardships they suffered.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm 2 comments

Myanmar must not gag its media

Myanmar ends 50-year state monopoly over daily news. Photo: EPA

Of all Myanmar's reforms, few are as fundamentally important to the nation's people as media freedom. The recent launch of four privately owned newspapers - the first of 16 given approval to publish daily by the quasi-civilian government - is a small but vital step on that road. A six-decade stranglehold on the press by the military deprived citizens of basic rights and information. Remaining doubts about authorities' sincerity and intentions will be vanquished if journalists are again able to do their jobs without fear or favour.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

The rough and tumble of going on air

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Roy Tang Yun-kwong, the RTHK chief at the centre of a politically charged row, could have seen it coming on his first day on the job. In September 2011, Tang, a veteran civil servant seen as a rising star among administrative officers, was greeted by a black carpet and protesters at the broadcaster's Kowloon Tong offices.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Up to the people of Hong Kong to defend press freedom, at RTHK and elsewhere

Forever Sze Wing-yuen

RTHK is caught in the midst of a political storm. The latest controversy involves claims by acting assistant director of TV and corporate business, Forever Sze Wing-yuen, that he would not be promoted to the job on a permanent basis because he refused to carry out "political missions" assigned by his boss.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Handle broadcaster with care, RTHK's Tang is told

Voice of Loving Hong Kong protesters say Roy Tang wasn't interfering - he was just giving constructive advice to staff. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong has weighed into the escalating row at RTHK, saying its broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong should exercise caution in his role as it is different from heading up other government departments.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:02am 2 comments

Elevation of Liu Yunshan heightens censorship fears

Liu Yunshan

The elevation of top censor Liu Yunshan to the powerful Politburo Standing Committee this week worries some mainland journalists and activists who fear a tougher line on media and internet freedom, though analysts say the situation will depend on the direction set by the new party chief, Xi Jinping.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

German journalists ask Merkel to address China harassment

 BERLIN - German journalists based in China have asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to address their precarious working conditions when she meets with Chinese leaders this week in Beijing.

In a letter to Merkel published Sunday, the 15 print and broadcast journalists complain of repeated arbitrary harassment by Chinese authorities that hamper the work of foreign correspondents.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:55am

Freedom of information law the only logical step

The government's promise to co-operate with the Ombudsman's direct investigation into the administration of the Code on Access to Information is telling. Complaints that its officers are not complying with the provisions have been getting louder and the response is an admission of problems.

27 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Fresh pledge for media freedom

A mainland official has reiterated China's promise to allow full media freedom during the 2008 Olympics, saying it will abide by international practices.

9 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Media freedom pressed

While celebrities call for legal action over the stalking antics of certain members of the paparazzi, they appear to be doing a good job of getting their own back.

25 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Headline news

Without question, one of the successes of the 'two systems . . .' pledge has been in the area of media freedom. Despite concerns about self-censorship, there has been no evidence of any attempt by the Government to interfere in the customary day-to-day workings of the press or broadcasting.

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am