Tung Chee-hwa has prolonged his holidays because he is tired, not because he wants to avoid questions about the transfer of Director of Broadcasting Cheung Man-yee to a trade post in Tokyo, the Chief Executive's spokesman said yesterday. Information Co-ordinator Stephen Lam Sui-lung said: 'When I announced last week that Mr Tung would go on holiday for four days, your colleagues immediately asked why his leave was so short and said he should take a longer holiday as he was very tired. 'I reflected those views and he decided to take another three days' leave. It was mainly because of the travelling hassle. There was no other reason for it.' Mr Tung, who returned from the mainland last night, is due back at work on Monday. Mr Lam said it had been the administration's general practice to announce reshuffles for senior officials on Tuesdays. He declined to say whether Miss Cheung's posting was a realisation of Mr Tung's reported remarks that he would handle the matter 'slowly, slowly' after pro-Beijing hardliners' attacked RTHK for being anti-government. 'Our stance has all along been to uphold RTHK's editorial independence and the local media's freedom to cover and report news,' Mr Lam said. He denied press freedom had been damaged. Mr Lam would not say whether the Government agreed that RTHK could continue to invite guests holding dissenting views, including Taiwan's de facto envoy in the SAR, Cheng An-kuo, to use its airtime. Democratic Party members petitioned outside government headquarters, accusing Mr Tung and leftists of stifling RTHK's editorial independence.