Media of Hong Kong

Hong Kong media betraying public trust

People clean up a beach in Hong Kong, China, 12 August 2012. Over a 150 volunteers from the Hong Kong based NGO, Ecovision moved 217 full bags of plastic, plastic pellets and assorted marine trash off Big Wave Bay beach after Hong Kong suffered it's worst plastic disaster, where 150 tons of plastic pellets where lost at sea during a recent typhoon.  EPA/PAUL HILTON

Last Friday, the environmental group Hong Kong Coast Watch posted a series of messages on its blog blasting local and international media for failing to properly respond to its notification of the massive plastic pellet spillage that has left many beaches polluted.

Friday, 17 August, 2012, 3:50pm

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

The news from a Russian perspective

A state-funded Russian news supplement begins publishing in Hong Kong today as part of Moscow's efforts to pay major newspapers around the world to carry articles it says uphold editorial independence and correct a lack of balanced reporting on the country.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Call for approval system on media

Police have called for a centralised accreditation system for journalists following skirmishes between officers and the press during last year's visit by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang.

The suggestion drew opposition from the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), which said the plan would infringe on press freedom.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Professor denies 'dogs' jibe at Hongkongers

A mainland academic who called Hongkongers 'running dogs for the British government' denied having said so yesterday, saying media outlets had 'maliciously twisted his speech'.

This came as YouTube deleted the footage for violating the website's 'policy prohibiting hate speech'.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Local firms failing to exploit social media

What if you need to vent your frustration over PCCW's customer service but cannot get somebody directly on the phone?

Facebook and Twitter could be a faster alternative - except that the telecoms giant has no active account on these two social media websites.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dressed up

There have been disturbing recent developments suggesting that, despite the government's insistence on its respect for freedom of the press, it does not seem to understand the meaning of the term and, in fact, is narrowing the room in which a free press can function.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

In rush to reform, don't muzzle media

We hope the British judges and politicians soon to scrutinise the role and excesses of their nation's press remember that any decisions will resonate far beyond their shores.

As a country where for centuries freedom of expression has been considered a virtue - rather than a threat or mere aspiration - Britain has long set a powerful example across the world.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Little red business packets threaten to cause red faces

Mainland companies have been warned that the red packets routinely handed out at press conferences could become an international embarrassment if the practice spreads to Hong Kong and beyond.

Press kits prepared for journalists often include a red envelope containing cash. They are a traditional way to express good wishes or gratitude.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Helping hand from the north offered to HK journalists on the mainland

Beijing's chief official overseeing Hong Kong affairs, Wang Guangya, yesterday promised to give more support to the city's journalists reporting on the mainland.

In an hour-long meeting in Beijing, Wang told senior Hong Kong media executives that he would 'treat them as teachers' and praised the media for playing an important role in society.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Satisfaction with HK media hits high, after bus hijacking

More than 60 per cent of Hong Kong people are satisfied with the performance of local media, a record high since the handover, while the overall credibility rating of media has increased to the highest level since 1998, a survey has found.

Two academics attributed the surge in Hongkongers' trust in their media to their coverage of last month's Manila hostage tragedy.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK reporters manhandled and held briefly by police

Hong Kong reporters covering Tan Zuoren's trial in Sichuan yesterday were again manhandled by police and briefly detained.

Chengdu police detained nearly a dozen Hong Kong reporters for more than an hour to stop them from filming and interviewing Tan's family members and supporters.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Jimmy Lai's Next fined by Taiwan

The Taiwanese government has slapped a NT$500,000 (HK$120,000) fine on Hong Kong-owned Next Media for posting obscene animation on a newly launched news service delivered over the internet and on mobile phones.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

HK journalist groups hit back at mainland over permits regulation

Hong Kong journalists' groups were at odds with mainland authorities yesterday after the office responsible for Hong Kong affairs said local reporters had found a requirement to apply for permits before covering news on the mainland 'necessary' and 'understandable'.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Self-censorship in media 'worsens'

Hong Kong's media has become more reluctant to criticise Beijing and self-censorship has worsened in the past year, the Hong Kong Journalists Association warns.

The association, releasing its annual report yesterday, also expressed concerns over a possible decline in news quality with the sacking of large numbers of experienced media staff amid the economic crisis.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am