A LOCAL Chinese journalist has been appointed to the sensitive post of director of the Macau Government Information Services, a spokesman for the office of Chief Executive-designate Edmund Ho Hau-wah said yesterday. According to the office, the appointment of Victor Chan Chi-ping will come into effect on January 1. 'I will do my best to co-operate with the media,' Mr Chan, 38, told the Post, adding that press freedom would continue in Macau beyond the handover. 'Press freedom is guaranteed by law, so there will be no change,' he said. Mr Chan, who holds a degree in journalism from Macau's Open University of East Asia, has worked as a reporter and editor for 17 years. He has worked for the Chinese-language channel of Macau's government-owned television station, TDM (Teledifusao de Macau), since 1987, currently holding the post of news controller. Mr Chan is a co-founder of the independent Macau Journalists Club. He is fluent in Cantonese, Putonghua and English. Macau's press presently includes eight Chinese-language dailies, two Portuguese-language dailies, six Chinese-language weeklies and two Portuguese-language weeklies. Mr Chan will replace Alfonso Camoes, a Portuguese journalist, who has held the post for the past eight years. Mr Camoes will remain in Macau as a senior member of staff of the Portuguese Institute of the Orient.