Saturday, October 20, 2018

Media chief to sue Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily over altered quote of Beijing official

Media chief to sue Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily over altered quote of Beijing...

A Hong Kong media chief is suing a local newspaper for defamation over a report on an altered quote of a Beijing official he allegedly made. Siu Sai-wo, chief executive of Sing Tao News Corporation, announced the suit in a statement in Sing Tao Daily on Friday. On Tuesday Siu altered an earlier quote of…
Labour Party veteran Lee Cheuk-yan given green light to run in November’s Legco by-election

Labour Party veteran Lee Cheuk-yan given green light to run in November’s Legco by-election

Labour Party veteran Lee Cheuk-yan was given a last-minute green light on Thursday to represent the pro-democracy camp in the Legislative Council by-election on November 25. In a notice from returning officer Franco Kwok Wai-fun for the Kowloon West geographical constituency on Thursday evening, Lee was informed that his nomination as a candidate in the…
Hong Kong’s freedoms will not be curbed, but city cannot be used as anti-China base, top Beijing official says

Hong Kong’s freedoms will not be curbed, but city cannot be used as anti-China...

A top Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has sought to reassure the city that the central government has no intention of curbing its freedoms, and recent warnings against the city being used as an anti-Communist Party and anti-China base merely reflect a long-standing central government policy. Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office…
Hong Kong journalist group urges local media chiefs to explain why reports carrying controversial remarks were removed

Hong Kong journalist group urges local media chiefs to explain why reports carrying controversial...

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has urged three news outlets as well as a group of local media chiefs visiting Beijing to explain the “highly unusual” retraction of multiple reports that included a controversial remark attributed to China’s top propaganda official. The organisation’s chairman, citing concerns over self-censorship in the local media, said on Wednesday…
Don’t let Hong Kong be turned into base for interfering with mainland, Communist Party propaganda head tells media chiefs

Don’t let Hong Kong be turned into base for interfering with mainland, Communist Party...

The propaganda chief of China’s ruling Communist Party wants the Hong Kong press to “prevent external forces from turning the city into a base for interfering with the mainland”, the head of a senior media delegation to Beijing revealed on Tuesday. The message was relayed by Sing Tao News Corporation executive director Siu Sai-wo, who…
Lawmaker Ted Hui charged over phone-snatching incident in Hong Kong Legislative Council in May

Lawmaker Ted Hui charged over phone-snatching incident in Hong Kong Legislative Council in May

Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung was charged on Tuesday with three offences including common assault, dishonest access to a computer and obstructing a public officer in the execution of her duty over a phone-snatching incident in the legislature. The Democratic Party member, who was on bail following his arrest in May, was notified…
Journalist’s visa refusal made Hong Kong ‘look silly’, and leader Carrie Lam wrong to say not explaining decision was accepted practice, says city’s top lawyer

Journalist’s visa refusal made Hong Kong ‘look silly’, and leader Carrie Lam wrong to...

Hong Kong’s leader was wrong when she said the government was following international practice in refusing to say why British journalist Victor Mallet was denied a work visa – the city’s top lawyer said on Monday. Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes pointed to immigration authorities in Britain and Australia, which both issue written explanations when…
‘Special privileges’ row sparked after senior Hong Kong official passes West Kowloon immigration with no ID

‘Special privileges’ row sparked after senior Hong Kong official passes West Kowloon immigration with...

A senior Hong Kong official has been accused of exercising “privileges” by passing through the immigration checkpoint at West Kowloon station without travel documents, but the government denied he had received any special treatment. Roy Tang Yun-kwong, permanent secretary at the city’s Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, bypassed the normal entry and exit procedures when…
Hong Kong bureaucrats should not decide whether candidates can run in election – that’s a job for lawyers, says Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes

Hong Kong bureaucrats should not decide whether candidates can run in election – that’s...

The head of Hong Kong’s representative body of barristers has called for judges or senior lawyers, rather than lower-ranking bureaucrats, to be given the authority to vet election candidates. On Monday, Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes ramped up criticism of the way in which an electoral official banned an opposition candidate from contesting a by-election…
‘Ruthless’ poll ban to be challenged in court, ousted Hong Kong legislator Lau Siu-lai hints

‘Ruthless’ poll ban to be challenged in court, ousted Hong Kong legislator Lau Siu-lai...

Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Lau Siu-lai on Monday hinted she would launch a legal challenge against the city’s government after being banned from running for a seat in the legislature. Her comments came as Britain and the European Union weighed into a furore over the disqualification by calling on Hong Kong officials to respect the…
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