A Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress yesterday lashed out at local journalists, accusing them of neglecting their social responsibilities and inciting conflict. Raymond Wu Wai-yung, who had in the past likened Hong Kong people to spoiled dogs being fed too many biscuits, made the accusations after attending a public workshop. While refusing to comment on the democrats' wish to improve communications with Beijing, Dr Wu said the media should be blamed for conflicts between the central government and Hong Kong since the handover. 'It is the media's fault. They try to find and create conflicts, passing a bad comment of someone to another to ask for comment. It would lead to aversion,' he said. Citing the example of questions raised by journalists last year over why the mainland financed its first astronaut in space rather than investing the money in education, Dr Wu said the media had been irresponsible. 'During the past seven years they [journalists] did very poorly. They played the role to make things worse, instead of harmonising society.' He accused editors and radio talk-show hosts of being 'unethical' and having hidden agendas. 'The media in Hong Kong always neglects social responsibility when reporting something about politics,' he said. Cheung Ping-ling, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association, said journalists were only responsible for reporting facts, not imparting values. 'Journalists report on the polarisation of a society only if such polarisation does exist. We should not be held accountable for the existence of the polarisation.' As for the planned July 1 march, she said, 'We will report the facts concerning the demonstration.'