Hong Kong (China) - Alerts
Journalists have complained of police discrimination in media access to an area allocated for reporting on the commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
IFJ is concerned by reports that the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong has interfered with reporting by the local media on the election of a new chief executive of Hong Kong.
While the HKJA holds that innocent people should be protected from harassment in the form of stalking, it is worried about the implications for legitimate journalistic activities and the way any new law could be abused to block genuine investigative activities by journalists.
Reports from the HKJA that the delayed release of information by the Fire Services Department may have endangered people's safety are a cause for genuine concern, says IFJ.
RSF fears there has been direct political interference by the Beijing authorities in order to prevent Ping from taking up his post with a newspaper that Chinese officials have had in their sights for years.
The IFJ welcomed a decision by the Hong Kong Legislative Council to investigate alleged interference in Asia Television Ltd (ATV) by senior management.
IFJ joins its affiliate, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), and other media organisations in calling on the government to uphold the spirit of the Hong Kong Code on Access to Information.
A civil servant was appointed director of the publicly-owned broadcasting station, despite having little experience in the media sector.
The three reporters, from "Ming Pao", "Sing Tao" and "Capital Weekly", were accosted by police even though they had registered at the reception office and had been given access passes.
At least 19 reporters were pepper-sprayed, and one was arrested, during a demonstration against the government that has been characterised as the second largest protest since 2003.
The Commerce and Economics Development Bureau has decided against reshaping public broadcaster RTHK as an independent media outlet.
(WAN/IFEX) - The following is an abridged WAN press release:
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 9 May 2007 IFJ media release:
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has condemned the methods being used by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) in Hong Kong in its all-out bid to close down Citizens' Radio, a radio station that continues to broadcast on the Internet and, sometimes, on the airwaves despite arrests and seizures of equipment. Some of its presenters could even receive prison sentences in a trial that begins on 17 November 2006.
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is joining 19 other human rights groups in a day-long campaign for Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong, whose trial is due to open in Beijing in the next few days.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is an ARTICLE 19 press release:
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 31 March 2006 CPJ press release:
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 23 January 2006 IFJ media release:
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 7 November 2005 CPJ press release:
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release: