A journalists' group yesterday urged media organisations not to join a free trip to museums around the world offered by a consortium shortlisted for the West Kowloon cultural project. Mak Yin-ting, honorary secretary of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, said it was inappropriate for journalists to accept the trip because the project had sparked controversy in the community. 'The media should avoid doing anything to arouse suspicion,' she said. Dynamic Star International, a Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties joint venture, has invited Hong Kong journalists to join the 10-day trip. It will take in museums in France, Spain, Russia, the US and Canada. The consortium is one of the three shortlisted bidders for the controversial arts project. Democratic Party vice-chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said the public might get the impression the consortium was providing free trips to reporters in exchange for favourable reports on its bid. But the Federation of Journalists said the independence of reporting would not be affected by the trip. The Democratic Party was misleading the public by describing the study trip as free travel.