Updated at 4.43pm: An Executive Council member on Tuesday said the mass protest against Article 23 legislation planned on July 1 would harm Hong Kong's international image. Executive councillor James Tien Pei-chun, chairman of Liberal party, told reporters that he was worried by a growing number of groups who are expected to attend the protest. 'Hong Kong's international image will be harmed if the protest is reported by foreign media,' he said. He said not all participants in the coming march will be protesting against the legislation of Article 23. 'I believe many of them are dismayed by the bad economic situation and high employment,' Mr Tien added. Another Executive Councillor Cheng Yiu Tong said the march protest was acceptable as Hong Kong is a free society. 'Any action is alright, as long as it's lawful,' he said.