LettersHong Kong protesters are far from superheroes despite how some media and politicians present them
Belief in a liberal, open and tolerant society has long been a cherished world ideal.
This is not a fight for Hong Kong’s future. It is misguided anger turned against its own people.
It is irresponsible for some sections of the media to cheer on the protesters and for some politicians to use the protests to pursue their vested interests. This political theatre in the name of democracy has brought chaos, tears and hopelessness to our city.
I hope that the media will play a responsible role in calming the public and giving a voice to the silent and frustrated majority. Meanwhile, we have to overcome the temptation of a blame game and exercise caution in dealing with ill-intentioned social media incitement. To re-establish public order and protect ordinary people’s livelihoods, we must look beyond political dogma and make informed choices.
Jing Lee, Central
Thank you reporters, for the risks you take
I am writing to express my gratitude and respect for Hong Kong’s reporters.
Since June, there have been a number of protests against the extradition law. Reporters have always been at the front line, putting themselves in danger to record the protests. Thanks to these reporters, not only Hongkongers at home but also the protesters have updated information on developments at different sites around the city.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed by the Basic Law. The police’s attitude to reporters raises concern about the future of press freedom in Hong Kong.
Iris Leung, Tseung Kwan O