Tammy Tam

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Tammy Tam

Editor-in-Chief

Tammy Tam is the South China Morning Post's Editor-in-Chief and is responsible for its editorial direction, strategic development and newsroom operations. She is a Board Member of the World Editors Forum, the leading network for news editors that focuses on the future of quality journalism, newsroom transformation and defending press freedom. Tammy is also the Vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong News Executives' Association. Prior to joining SCMP, Tammy spent 20 years in the television industry in leadership roles managing editorial teams and corporate development strategies.

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City Beat | Taipei Act at a time of ‘war’ may hurt Hong Kong as well

With the world bracing for a drawn-out fight against Covid-19, the last thing Hong Kong needs is to be caught again in the crossfire of US-China tensions.

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With the world bracing for a drawn-out fight against Covid-19, the last thing Hong Kong needs is to be caught again in the crossfire of US-China tensions.

Taipei Act at a time of ‘war’ may hurt Hong Kong as well
Working from home is the new normal under coronavirus threat – might as well embrace it
South China Morning Post joins the Trust Project, becoming the first news organisation in Asia to do so

Trust Project is a worldwide initiative that provides standards of news production to help readers identify credible journalism.

18 Mar 2020 - 4:40PM

Trust Project is a worldwide initiative that provides standards of news production to help readers identify credible journalism.

South China Morning Post joins the Trust Project, becoming the first news organisation in Asia to do so
City Beat | It’s time for government officials to wear masks to keep Hong Kong vigilant against the coronavirus

Unified front on surgical masks required from leadership as Covid-19 threat continues to hang over a city returning to business as usual.

15 Mar 2020 - 11:23PM

Unified front on surgical masks required from leadership as Covid-19 threat continues to hang over a city returning to business as usual.

It’s time for government officials to wear masks to keep Hong Kong vigilant against the coronavirus
City Beat | Gender equality should be more than having a female leader or just talking about it on International Women’s Day

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tried to bring about changes to the city’s gender landscape, but policy and leadership matter more for any leader, regardless of gender.

17 Mar 2020 - 6:54PM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tried to bring about changes to the city’s gender landscape, but policy and leadership matter more for any leader, regardless of gender.

Gender equality should be more than having a female leader or just talking about it on International Women’s Day
City Beat | Careful what you wish for: Hong Kong is not Singapore when it comes to civil service pay cuts

This year’s budget was an extraordinarily tough fiscal balancing act for Financial Secretary Paul Chan, and the government has to be careful not to send out a message to the private sector that the time for pay cuts has arrived.

1 Mar 2020 - 11:22PM

This year’s budget was an extraordinarily tough fiscal balancing act for Financial Secretary Paul Chan, and the government has to be careful not to send out a message to the private sector that the time for pay cuts has arrived.

Careful what you wish for: Hong Kong is not Singapore when it comes to civil service pay cuts
City Beat | Beijing’s new envoy wants more direct contact with Hongkongers, but that poses some challenges

Test for liaison office director Luo Huining is to strike a balance between communicating better with the public and not being seen as meddling in city’s affairs.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:29PM

Test for liaison office director Luo Huining is to strike a balance between communicating better with the public and not being seen as meddling in city’s affairs.

Beijing’s new envoy wants more direct contact with Hongkongers, but that poses some challenges
City Beat | Chemistry between Carrie Lam and higher-ranking Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong will be a new test for one country, two systems

Xia Baolong was made head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office last week and the rapport with Chief Executive Carrie Lam will be new test for one country, two systems.

16 Feb 2020 - 11:18PM

Xia Baolong was made head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office last week and the rapport with Chief Executive Carrie Lam will be new test for one country, two systems.

Chemistry between Carrie Lam and higher-ranking Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong will be a new test for one country, two systems
City Beat | Can Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China survive the coronavirus crisis?

The city is crying out for a strong and well-prepared leadership that will free its citizens from fear and panic, while also maintaining healthy cross-border ties.

9 Feb 2020 - 11:42PM

The city is crying out for a strong and well-prepared leadership that will free its citizens from fear and panic, while also maintaining healthy cross-border ties.

Can Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China survive the coronavirus crisis?
City Beat | If a lower official can inspire public confidence in Hong Kong’s fight against the coronavirus, why not this government?

Praise for Vincent Fung, director of city’s trade office in epicentre Wuhan, is in stark contrast to mounting criticism of authorities back home.

2 Feb 2020 - 11:02PM

Praise for Vincent Fung, director of city’s trade office in epicentre Wuhan, is in stark contrast to mounting criticism of authorities back home.

If a lower official can inspire public confidence in Hong Kong’s fight against the coronavirus, why not this government?
City Beat | Is populism the way out and forward for Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong government needs to find the political will and developers should focus on affordable housing as more practical and effective approaches to tackling the city’s problems.

19 Jan 2020 - 9:32PM

The Hong Kong government needs to find the political will and developers should focus on affordable housing as more practical and effective approaches to tackling the city’s problems.

Is populism the way out and forward for Hong Kong?
City Beat | Never mind the praise for Carrie Lam, here come the conditions set for Hong Kong by Beijing’s new envoy

Hongkongers may be baffled by emphatic backing of city’s leader, but strict terms of that support have been made clear by new liaison office chief.

12 Jan 2020 - 8:52PM

Hongkongers may be baffled by emphatic backing of city’s leader, but strict terms of that support have been made clear by new liaison office chief.

Never mind the praise for Carrie Lam, here come the conditions set for Hong Kong by Beijing’s new envoy
City Beat | ‘Foreign forces’ can be a double-edged sword in tackling Hong Kong protest crisis

Unconventional style of US President Donald Trump could provide Beijing with an opportunity for dealing with unrest in city, as its future plays out in wider context of US-China relations.

5 Jan 2020 - 10:27PM

Unconventional style of US President Donald Trump could provide Beijing with an opportunity for dealing with unrest in city, as its future plays out in wider context of US-China relations.

‘Foreign forces’ can be a double-edged sword in tackling Hong Kong protest crisis
City Beat | Hong Kong in 2020: hopeful or hopeless new year?

Now that chaos has been unleashed in Hong Kong, Carrie Lam and her administration have the responsibility to end it, seeing as they started it in the first place.

29 Dec 2019 - 9:40PM

Now that chaos has been unleashed in Hong Kong, Carrie Lam and her administration have the responsibility to end it, seeing as they started it in the first place.

Hong Kong in 2020: hopeful or hopeless new year?
City Beat | The furthest distance between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’

The governing principle is hailed as the best one for Hong Kong. But the chance of forging a consensus on a mutually agreeable definition of it is getting slimmer.

22 Dec 2019 - 8:00PM

The governing principle is hailed as the best one for Hong Kong. But the chance of forging a consensus on a mutually agreeable definition of it is getting slimmer.

The furthest distance between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’
City Beat | Beijing’s governing formula may be the same but Hong Kong can never be like Macau

Beijing has regularly reminded Hong Kong to take neighbouring Macau as a good reference, in particular for plugging national security loopholes.

15 Dec 2019 - 7:57PM

Beijing has regularly reminded Hong Kong to take neighbouring Macau as a good reference, in particular for plugging national security loopholes.

Beijing’s governing formula may be the same but Hong Kong can never be like Macau
City Beat | One country, two protests – two consequences?

Hong Kong may have to face an awkward dilemma in deciding where to stand between the US and China, politically and economically.

8 Dec 2019 - 9:44PM

Hong Kong may have to face an awkward dilemma in deciding where to stand between the US and China, politically and economically.

One country, two protests – two consequences?
City Beat | Why is Beijing quiet about the opposition’s landslide district election victory?

The lack of any swift official response hopefully means a sign of prudence from Beijing as an accurate assessment of mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong is critical.

1 Dec 2019 - 10:02PM

The lack of any swift official response hopefully means a sign of prudence from Beijing as an accurate assessment of mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong is critical.

Why is Beijing quiet about the opposition’s landslide district election victory?
City Beat | China-US tension is new normal regardless of Hong Kong human rights bill, but city will change

Hong Kong has been dragged into the ‘fighting-while-negotiating’ game between Beijing and Washington – and negative impacts are unavoidable.

24 Nov 2019 - 10:54PM

Hong Kong has been dragged into the ‘fighting-while-negotiating’ game between Beijing and Washington – and negative impacts are unavoidable.

China-US tension is new normal regardless of Hong Kong human rights bill, but city will change
City Beat | PLA road-clearing action may be both community service and last wake-up call for Hong Kong government

Sight of troops helping to clear roadblocks was bound to draw mixed response in Hong Kong, but there is no denying the symbolic implications behind this surprise episode at such a sensitive time in a city engulfed in chaos.

17 Nov 2019 - 9:31PM

Sight of troops helping to clear roadblocks was bound to draw mixed response in Hong Kong, but there is no denying the symbolic implications behind this surprise episode at such a sensitive time in a city engulfed in chaos.

PLA road-clearing action may be both community service and last wake-up call for Hong Kong government
City Beat | Let’s face it, there’s no quick fix for Hong Kong’s anti-government protest crisis

Recent meetings with top leaders in Beijing show they expect the local government to prioritise quelling the unrest, now in its sixth month. But local officials – who have so far failed to calm the situation – are in uncharted waters, having never been trained or required to act politically.

10 Nov 2019 - 8:42PM

Recent meetings with top leaders in Beijing show they expect the local government to prioritise quelling the unrest, now in its sixth month. But local officials – who have so far failed to calm the situation – are in uncharted waters, having never been trained or required to act politically.

Let’s face it, there’s no quick fix for Hong Kong’s anti-government protest crisis
City Beat | Hong Kong is still irreplaceable, just no longer the apple of China’s eye

Criticism of the city on mainland China can be scathing, but replicating its unique features in full elsewhere cannot be achieved any time soon.

3 Nov 2019 - 9:38PM

Criticism of the city on mainland China can be scathing, but replicating its unique features in full elsewhere cannot be achieved any time soon.

Hong Kong is still irreplaceable, just no longer the apple of China’s eye
City Beat | Carrie Lam has to hold on while Beijing ponders need for political qualities in Hong Kong’s next leader

Communist Party plenum this week may provide some clues before chief executive reports to President Xi Jinping in December.

27 Oct 2019 - 8:15PM

Communist Party plenum this week may provide some clues before chief executive reports to President Xi Jinping in December.

Carrie Lam has to hold on while Beijing ponders need for political qualities in Hong Kong’s next leader
City Beat | Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam must learn lesson of butterfly effect from Taiwan murder case

What can Hong Kong’s leader take from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about not allowing emotionality to overcome reasoning?

23 Oct 2019 - 4:52PM

What can Hong Kong’s leader take from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about not allowing emotionality to overcome reasoning?

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam must learn lesson of butterfly effect from Taiwan murder case
City Beat | While Beijing chooses to wait for tide to turn in Hong Kong protest crisis, can Carrie Lam afford to follow suit?

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address on Wednesday will play a pivotal role in quelling Hong Kong’s months-long protests or triggering more unrest.

13 Oct 2019 - 10:00PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s policy address on Wednesday will play a pivotal role in quelling Hong Kong’s months-long protests or triggering more unrest.

While Beijing chooses to wait for tide to turn in Hong Kong protest crisis, can Carrie Lam afford to follow suit?
City Beat | Anti-mask law effectiveness is in doubt. Now Hong Kong is on the brink and we will all go down with the ship

Chief Executive Carrie Lam passed a law she then failed to implement properly making the situation worse than before, and violence on the streets is the new normal for what used to be one of the safest cities in the world.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:56AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam passed a law she then failed to implement properly making the situation worse than before, and violence on the streets is the new normal for what used to be one of the safest cities in the world.

Anti-mask law effectiveness is in doubt. Now Hong Kong is on the brink and we will all go down with the ship
City Beat | Where there’s a will, there’s a way out for Hong Kong – just where’s that will coming from, though?

Hong Kong needs self initiative, rather than a push by others, to come out of the political crisis created by the months-long anti-government protests.

29 Sep 2019 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong needs self initiative, rather than a push by others, to come out of the political crisis created by the months-long anti-government protests.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way out for Hong Kong – just where’s that will coming from, though?
City Beat | Why Carrie Lam has to hang on: she is on a mission of adversity to prove herself and allow Beijing more time to look for her successor

City’s chief executive has to find solutions before heading across the border for the National Day celebrations, allowing Beijing more time to find her successor.

22 Sep 2019 - 9:18PM

City’s chief executive has to find solutions before heading across the border for the National Day celebrations, allowing Beijing more time to find her successor.

Why Carrie Lam has to hang on: she is on a mission of adversity to prove herself and allow Beijing more time to look for her successor
City Beat | Hong Kong’s ‘revolution’? Not quite, but the days of property hegemony may be numbered

Property prices are a major frustration of city’s youth – and that could be why Beijing has recently turned up the heat on developers and tycoons.

15 Sep 2019 - 10:24PM

Property prices are a major frustration of city’s youth – and that could be why Beijing has recently turned up the heat on developers and tycoons.

Hong Kong’s ‘revolution’? Not quite, but the days of property hegemony may be numbered
City Beat | Beijing’s low-key handling of extradition bill withdrawal is a hard reality check for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Mainland authorities and state media noticeably downplayed the city leader’s U-turn on the controversial legislation. Unwilling to be dragged into the mess, officials there may just let her carry on trying to quell the unrest.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:45PM

Mainland authorities and state media noticeably downplayed the city leader’s U-turn on the controversial legislation. Unwilling to be dragged into the mess, officials there may just let her carry on trying to quell the unrest.

Beijing’s low-key handling of extradition bill withdrawal is a hard reality check for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam