University of Hong Kong academics are launching a signature campaign today to urge their governing council to accept the investigation report on the Robert Chung Ting-yiu controversy. An academic said he believed some members of the council, chaired by Executive Councillor Yang Ti Liang, were inclined not to accept the report, produced by an independent panel headed by former judge Mr Justice Noel Power. The report, made public on Friday, concluded that vice-chancellor Professor Cheng Yiu-chung and one of his deputies, Professor Wong Siu-lun, had tried to stop Dr Chung conducting polls on the popularity of Tung Chee-hwa and the Government's credibility. It said the two had sent messages to Dr Chung 'calculated to inhibit his right to academic freedom'. The 74-page report also said Andrew Lo Cheung-on, Mr Tung's closest aide who discussed opinion polls with Professor Cheng, was a 'poor and untruthful witness'. The academic said: 'We don't see there is any reason why the council should not accept the report submitted by the independent investigation panel appointed by the council itself. It should respect it and consider what action to take. It would dent the reputation of Hong Kong University if the report is not accepted.' An e-mail will be sent to each academic staff member of the university today asking them to sign up to urge the council to accept the report. The source expected about 100 to 200 staff would sign. The names would be presented to the council, which meets on Wednesday to decide whether to accept the report and what action to take. The report made no recommendations. Two political commentators said yesterday the criticism in the report meant that both Professor Cheng and Mr Lo should resign. Stephen Vines, a freelance journalist and former editor of the defunct Eastern Express, said Mr Tung, who described Mr Lo as 'honest and reliable', appeared to believe loyalty to his staff was more important than his responsibility to govern. 'It is an extraordinary state of affairs,' he said on ATV's Newsline. Sin-ming Shaw, a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a South China Morning Post columnist, said Mr Lo should be fired. As for Professor Cheng, Mr Shaw, also speaking on Newsline, said: 'I don't see how he can stay if he cannot stand for the university.' Vines said: 'If your job is to preserve academic freedom and you failed to do so, you are dead.' However, Mr Shaw did not think there was a need for the Legislative Council to conduct another inquiry into the Chung saga. 'I don't think it will add that much value to what we already know. The issue is not whether we know enough, the issue is now really accountability' over the affair.