A mainland herbal shampoo manufacturer is demanding a debate on press freedom with media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, one of whose magazines was fined HK$3 million last month for claiming the shampoo once advertised by actor Jackie Chan was carcinogenic.
Next Media was founded by high profile businessman Jimmy Lai, known for his support for democracy and criticism of China. It introduced tabloid-style journalism into Hong Kong and Taiwan, with the hugely successful Apple Daily. The group made a rare misstep by entering Taiwan’s saturated broadcasting market. In October 2012 it agreed to sell its loss-making Taiwan TV unit and to terminate its video-on-demand (VOD) services, but the deal fell through in March 2013.