News is spreading about the latest round of pressure being exerted on Hong Kong journalists to kowtow to the local and national governments.
The interview linked below with leading Hong Kong journalists is from Radio Australia.
- Kevin LAU: Violence is meant to intimidate. If we are frightened into submission we will lose our freedom. We journalists must stand fearless, we must insist that justice be served, we must strive to tell the truth without fear or favour. Freedom is not a given, freedom is not free, we all have to earn and guard it.
- Willy LAM: I think the central government as well as the current administration are putting pressure on the Hong Kong media to toe the line from Beijing, not to report news which is considered to be embarrassing to the Chinese administration, and also to refrain from advocating a faster pace of democracy in Hong Kong
- Shirley YAM: There’s certain so-called liberal commentators they were barred from appearing in certain newspapers. Story ideas were banned, headlines were changed and photos were added, columnists were sacked, this is the kind of reality we are facing, and we are worried that it’s going to get worse.