Fong So, 46, is managing editor of The Nineties magazine, a monthly current affairs journal with a circulation of 20,000 whose coverage of Chinese politics, notably during the fall of Hu Yaobang in 1987, led to it being described as 'counter-revolutionary' by Beijing. He is an active campaigner for press freedom. Single, he lives in Kowloon. What's on your mind? I have been reading a statement the Hong Kong Journalists Association issued in the form of an advertisement in a Chinese-language newspaper for World Press Freedom Day. I think it's extraordinary that so many journalists in Hong Kong have got together to run this advertisement. But I really don't know whether Xinhua will take certain actions against the names in the advertisement. The last time journalists put their names to a letter, Xinhua barred them from covering the Qiandao Lake disaster. What are the prospects for press freedom? I think they are not really good. It seems that even before July 1, media organisations have tried to accommodate the change. It does not mean they are engaging in self-censorship, but they are trying to make themselves more acceptable to the Chinese Government. They think that if they present more issues of minor importance, or just run 'juicy' or less politically sensitive stories, then everything will be OK and less irritating to the Chinese government. If such a trend continues it could amount to a form of self-censorship. What about serious journals such as yours? Compared with the situation in 1989, people's interest in serious political magazines like The Nineties or Chung Ming is much less. You can't compare it with the old days. A friend of mine, a doctor, says: 'If someone's health is in trouble, there's no point in reminding him his condition is so bad.' Have you run articles on opera star Tang Wing-cheung's death? Nothing at all. Are you proud that you have ignored the various rows about who attends his funeral, who gets the money and so on? I can't say I'm proud about this. After all, this is a social phenomenon and it is worth having certain serious discussions. It appears to me that maybe it indicates there's a certain sickness in our society. I read the articles - a little.