Shanghai, Nanjing and even backwards Datong have government spokesmen, but Guangzhou still will not get one of its own this year. 'Even the provincial government does not have one,' Guangzhou Information Office director Guan Zhiqian told an annual meeting with reporters from Hong Kong, Macau and overseas. Ms Guan said 74 government departments would have spokesmen, but she warned reporters not to expect them to behave like their counterparts in Hong Kong, saying they were not full-time information officers, but merely doing extra work. Reporters had complained that because they were not given access to even non-sensitive stories that were positive for Guangzhou, such as its plan for Pearl River New City, they were forced to focus on negative news. A Guangzhou journalism lecturer said separately that the province and its capital lagged behind other cities and provinces in appointing a spokesman because there was no support from the top. 'The top leadership has not realised the importance of communicating with the public in a timely manner,' the lecturer said.