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"One Person One Letter": To Urge Sir Hiew-king Tiong guarantee Ming Pao's editorial independence


(Please support the "One Person One Letter" campaign by making your sumission through our website at  http://www.hkjaweb.com/mingpao/mail.php
 
The sudden replacement of Ming Pao's chief editor has been of great concern to the community, which have raised considerable doubts in the minds of the Hong Kong people as well as shaken our confidence in the continued editorial independence of the paper. 
 
The Hong Kong Journalists Association, therefore, initiates "One Person One Letter" Campaign to encourage members of the public to take personal action to submit letters to Sir Hiew-king Tiong, the owner of Ming Pao, to express your concern over Ming Pao's situation as well as press freedom in Hong Kong.  
 
 
 
Please refer to the letter as below:
 
 

Tan Sri Datuk Sir Hiew-king Tiong,

I am a HK citizen and Ming Pao reader who is deeply concerned over Ming Pao's situation as well as press freedom in Hong Kong.

I am especially concerned about Ming Pao’s recent decision to replace its chief editor. No matter what circumstances led to this decision, events since have shaken my confidence in the continued editorial independence of the journal.

You, as an experienced businessman behind a well-established media company must understand that a newspaper is not merely a private organization but also a social entity. Its chief editor plays a significant role in deciding the paper's editorial direction as well as defending readers' right to know. 

The sudden replacement of Ming Pao's chief editor has been of great concern to the community, raising considerable doubts in the minds of the Hong Kong people about what exactly is going on. This is how serious the problem is. I am particularly concerned that the move is a prelude to a radical shift in editorial direction. 

Ming Pao's fearless coverage of news and its unremitting efforts to uncover the truth have been its most valuable assets. Hence the abiding loyalty of its readers. The change in editorial leadership initiated by its top management has not only undermined the loyalty of its readers but has also had a negative impact on press freedom in Hong Kong. 

Ming Pao is one of the most influential Hong Kong media over the last half century in eyes of the Hong Kong people. I hope the management of Ming Pao will temporarily suspend its replacement decision, give a pledge pro-actively to the editorial staff by signing the “Editor's Charter” that the paper will continue its independent editorial direction, free of self-censorship, ensuring the paper remains in the hands of a chief editor who is thoroughly familiar with and fully understands local affairs, and capable of maintaining the high professional standards that the Hong Kong people expect of Ming Pao every day.  

Ming Pao Reader/Hong Kong Citizen
January, 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
You can support "One Person One Letter" Campaign to express your concern by one of the followings methods,
 
Method 1:   Submit the letter through our online submission system at http://www.hkjaweb.com/mingpao/mail.php .
 
Method 2:   Download the letter template, fill out your name and message, and email the letter at 
- Ming Pao's PR Department: [email protected]
- c.c.: [email protected] (Solely for purpose of counting the number of participants) 
 
Method 3:Download the letter template, fill out your name and message, and post the letter to 
Attn: Tan Sri Datuk Sir Hiew-king Tiong
Public Relations Department, Ming Pao
15/F, Block A, Ming Pao Industrial Centre
18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
 
 
For enquiry, please feel free to contact HKJA at 25910692 or [email protected] 
 
 
 
Hong Kong Journalists Association
Jan 14, 2014
 

 

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