Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday promised to put a high value on press freedom. Mr Tsang made the remarks during a visit to Sha Tin Methodist College while taking part in a role-play discussion with students on the topic of press freedom - under the eye of a camera from the Information Services Department. Mr Tsang arrived at the school for his one-hour visit in a new electric vehicle. A government press release stated that he heard how the school was preparing for the new curriculum structure, and attended a liberal-studies lesson with a group of Form Six students. During the lesson, he played the role of a government official giving views on how far the administration should go in imposing limits on the press in Hong Kong. 'If we regulate the media, we have to consider what kind of costs we have to pay for it and then strike a balance,' he said in a video released to the media. He also said the government paid a great deal of attention to media reports, adding that top officials referred to newspaper articles each day during their morning meetings. 'I think the media is like a mirror,' Mr Tsang said. 'But that mirror is to show how others look at me. 'Do I have to be nice? Do I need to be high-handed? Did I go beyond my powers? Did I make any mistakes?' The chief executive then spoke of how the media could monitor a government. He said he might not be happy with every comment that appeared in newspapers - especially criticism - but they gave him hints about ways in which the government should improve. After the discussion, Mr Tsang toured a video-making studio and a Chinese herbal medicine centre at the school. He said he was impressed by the students' performance during the discussion and believed interactive classroom activities would better equip them for the future. Mr Tsang's pledge on press freedom was made in the absence of any press. The media was only told of the event in the press release and via the edited 15-minute video. A spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office said the discussion had been held in a 'real classroom setting'. Therefore, inviting the press might have disturbed the students.