Press freedom in Hong Kong

Cyberattackers brought down Apple Daily website with 40 million hits every second

Apple Daily announced its site was under attack on its Facebook page.

Cyberattackers brought down Apple Daily's website with 40 million hits a second, the paper revealed today, while an internet expert estimated more than 10,000 computers would have been used. 

Friday, 20 June, 2014, 7:06am 26 comments

Mastermind behind chopper attack on Kevin Lau ‘may never be known’

Former legislator Lee Wing-tat (left), Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang (right) join the anti-violence signature campaign launched in wake of Kevin Lau's attack in Causeway Bay. Photo: K.Y Cheng

Even if the people who attacked Ming Pao former chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to are caught, the mastermind behind the plot may never be revealed. That’s the warning from two high-profile victims of similar attacks – Shih Wing-ching, the founder of free newspaper AM730, and lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan – who recalled their first-hand experiences of Hong Kong’s violent underbelly on Commercial Radio this morning.

28 Feb 2014 - 5:37pm

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

Talking points

New debate on Sichuan quake funding

New debate on Sichuan quake funding

3 May 2013 - 3:41am

Censorship holds back Chinese progress

Demonstrators call for press freedom in support of journalists from the Southern Weekend newspaper outside the company's office building in Guangzhou. Photo: AFP

World Press Freedom Day, celebrated today, was designated by the UN in 1993 to remind governments of their duty to uphold free speech and the free press, as outlined by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 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

Myanmar sees return of privately owned daily newspapers

A man reads a newspaper on the roadside in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's state monopoly on daily newspapers ended on Monday as four privately owned dailies launched for the first time in nearly five deacades. There have been no privately owned dailies in the country since it came under military rule in the 1960s.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:05am

Talking points

Leslie Cheung lives 10 years on

Fans of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death at various events. Among the highlights is a 20th anniversary charity screening of Farewell My Concubine - which brought Cheung international acclaim for his portrayal of a gay opera singer - at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point. 

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am

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

Britain seals deal to regulate scandal-hungry press

British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on Monday. Photo: AFP

Britain’s three main political parties agreed on Monday to create a new system to regulate the country’s scandal-hungry newspapers, after a public inquiry exposed a culture of industrial-scale phone hacking and other unethical behaviour.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:40am

Talking points

Cardinals gather for papal conclave

Cardinals gather for papal conclave

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Attack on journalists is affront to free press

TV capture: TVB camera man injured by policemen near Liu Xia's home in Beijing.

Outrage and condemnation came after a handful of Hong Kong journalists on assignment in Beijing were brutally attacked. They were abused by a group of men of unknown identity when covering an activist trying to visit Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's wife on Friday. The journalists were doing nothing more than legitimate reporting on the activist and the dissident's wife. The assault is an affront to press freedom and the public's right to know.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 20, 2013

Illegal parking is a rampant problem. Photo: David Wong

Mr Lo criticised me and the Civic Party for "jumping on the bandwagon" in uploading Lian's article on Facebook and inviting the chief executive to sue me for libel if indeed he had a case for libel.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:51am 2 comments

Rule on disclosure of company directors' data seeks balance

Labour unions marched to protest against the possible restriction to information access. Photo: Bloomberg

Ever since the news broke last month that changes would be made to the Companies Ordinance that would make it harder for the media to obtain the personal data of company directors, the liberal media have cried foul and fired pot shots at the government for restricting media access. "Secrecy breeds corruption," the Hong Kong Journalists Association warned.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:59am 2 comments

Defamation case against Myanmar weekly dropped

Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of Myanmar newspaper <i>The Voice Weekly</i>, speaks to reporters following a hearing in Yangon, on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A Yangon court agreed to withdraw charges against The Voice at the ministry’s request, following mediation by a recently-formed press council.

31 Jan 2013 - 3:43pm