Please install Flash Player to view this content.
  User ID :
 
  Password :
 
 
Forgot password
  Skip Navigation Links
 








Statements


HKJA calls for Improved Media Arrangements throughout the Act Now Campaign


The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) notes with concern the Chief Executive’s forthcoming live debate with Civic Party leader, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee as part of a campaign to create greater awareness over its political reform package.
 
However, the HKJA is dismayed by the administration’s handling of media arrangements regarding the debate thus far.  If the administration is sincere in facilitating comprehensive and widespread coverage of this historical debate, it is imperative that adequate arrangements are made for the media to report freely on the debate from the very chamber in which the debate is being conducted.  
 
The HKJA believes the purpose of “political reform” is to improve governance and ensure government is truly fair, transparent, and accountable to the people.  This administration’s hesitation in allowing the media give full scrutiny of the debating conditions makes a mockery of its assertions it wishes to “progress” in political development.  Worldwide, it is an undeniable trend to better facilitate “open governance” with meetings either being open to the public, or at least documented, minuted, and if classified - declassified after a certain period of time.  Any attempt to restrict free reporting of public debates is a retrogressive step in political development.
 
The HKJA urges the administration to allow media access to the very chamber in which the debate will take place, without confinement in glassy rooms. Access to the venue should be free, fair and equal for all forms of media, including print and electronic, photographers, cameramen and reporters.
 
Adequate measures to ensure the debate can be broadcast and understood in both English and Chinese must be implemented.  Open access reporting must not be at the expense of the availability of interpreters.  Again, measures in this regard falling short of what is already provided for in meetings of the Legislative Council would display a retrogressive step in political development.
 
Should the administration fail to implement these arrangements, the HKJA urges media organisations to give these circumstances serious consideration before deciding how the debate should be covered, or whether further action is required.
 
The HKJA makes the call in light of a trend of this administration’s deteriorating openness and accountability. We note with regret on the media arrangements of Chief Executive and his cabinet’s visits in relation to the “Act Now” campaign. In the past three rounds of street campaigning, media were either ignored or ill informed by the administration. The HKJA would like to remind the Chief Executive and his team that they were not making these visits in their private capacity, but did so with the aid of a considerable amount of public resources, while handing out material paid for by the public purse. They have to answer to the public and under the scrutiny of the media acting as the eyes and ears of the public. Failure, or worse still, the deliberate avoidance of the media, again puts into question this administration’s commitment to a fair, transparent, and accountable government.
 
We therefore urge the government to inform the media properly of the itinerary of any further “Act Now” street campaigns in order to facilitate proper scrutiny of the government’s use of public resources, government integrity, and its sincerity in being accountable to the people.
15/06/2010 17:57   updated more
Previous: Chinese Police Abuse Prosecution Power to Curb Press Freedom (Chinese Only)
Next: Letter to Mr Peng Qing-hua, director of Liaison Office of the CPG (In Chinese)

 

  

Powered by   
 
 


Judgement (19-08-2015)

 

HKJA's Facebook Page

   
  HKJA_49th_pdf
  HKJA_47th_pdf
   
  2013 Annual Rpeort
 

2017 Annual_report: Two Systems Under Siege

2016 Annual Report: One Country Two Nightmares 

[ Press Release ] [ All years ]

   
  2009 Human Rights Press Awards
  The20th Human Rights Press Awards [Details]
   
  China News reporters Harassment Form
  Online Questionaire for China news reporters on harassment at work"
..... [
Online] / [Paper Form]
   
  17th Consumer Right Press Awards
  "17th Consumer Right Press Awards "  
   

 

HKJA's Publication: "The Journalist"
 

A publication provides updated news about HKJA and media industry.. [ Details ]

FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE

   
  Subscription to "People will not forget"
  "People will not forget" - A HKJA's Publication for the June 4 Incident
Online Version .. [ Detail ]
Subscription .. [ Detail ]
   
  Kevin Lau Incident Concern Group
   
   

 

 
Other Publications
  Reporter Manual in China
 
More