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Hong Kong Media Moves: July 2018

Find out who’s moving where in Hong Kong’s busy media landscape, in association with Telum Media. Also, see job listings for the region.

Maggie Luo becomes the Hong Kong Bureau Chief of Sina Finance

As the newly-appointed Hong Kong Bureau Chief of Sina Finance, Maggie Luo helps oversee financial news in the region. She was with China Business Network in Hong Kong for the past five years, most recently as its Senior Correspondent.

Oliver Giles changes role at Hong Kong Tatler

Oliver Giles has recently assumed a new title as Art and Culture Editor of Hong Kong Tatler, working across print and digital platforms. He is a long-term Hongkonger who is passionate about art and architecture and has previously contributed to CNN, South China Morning Post, Forbes and a range of other publications.

Owen Churchill now US Correspondent for SCMP

Owen Churchill has recently joined South China Morning Post as a US Correspondent in Washington, DC, where he will cover US-China relations. He was the founding member of Sixth Tone in 2015, and has since focused on China and its politics, media, technology, arts, and culture.

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CHINA JOBS

Diesel Progress International – freelance columnist

Global business magazine Diesel Progress International is looking for an English-speaking China-based freelancer to supply a regular column. DPI covers the products, technology and news of engine-powered equipment and component makers in the marine, on-highway and off-highway markets. Visit www.dieselprogress.com

We need a 500 word column, six times a year with the prospect of further assignments covering relevant industry news from China. Contact Ian Cameron. [email protected]

Bloomberg BNA Freelance Correspondent

Bloomberg BNA is seeking a freelance correspondent in Beijing, China, with several years reporting experience to write on trade developments involving China.

Must have the ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics, and a highly developed nose for news. Freelancer would work remotely from Beijing, but collaborate with our editors in the Washington, D.C. area regularly via email and phone. Freelance positions offer a competitive pay rate commensurate with experience, and correspondents will be expected to file stories on a regular basis.

For consideration, please send a CV/resume and published hard news or news analysis writing samples to [email protected]

RTL/FD – News assistant

Dutch RTL Television (荷兰国际新闻电视台) and the Dutch Financial Daily (荷兰金融日报) are hiring! From our bureau in Sanlitun, you will be researching for and setting up (multimedia) productions on finance, business and economics for the newspaper, and broader China-features for our tv-channels and online platforms. The job requires you to be able to work under high time pressure, though in return offers you a high degree of flexibility. Expect one or two trips per month in which you will be assisting the journalist in the role of producer. A background in journalism, some TV-experience and basic knowledge of finance and economics are preferred, bilingual language skills (English + Chinese) are a must. Interested? Get in touch with Sjoerd den Daas and send a brief introduction incl. your salary expectations + CV to [email protected] 

News Assistant at Die Zeit

DIE ZEIT is a weekly publication, so we’re not that newsy. The position requires longtime research, ability to find story ideas besides the daily news cycles, good interview and field reporting skills and organizational efficiency to juggle different complex projects at the same time. Background in print journalism is welcome, but not mandatory. DIE ZEIT’s office is going to be a one-person-operation (me), so we’re going to be a small team of two. Since we don’t have daily deadlines, working hours will be flexible and up to individual arrangement. Please sent your CV and short application to [email protected]

Researcher, North East Asia, International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group is looking for a North East Asia researcher for its Hong Kong office. It’s a great opportunity to 事实求是 on foreign and security policy at a fascinating 历史交汇期 for China, 东亚 and the 国际体系. Requires excellent English and Mandarin Chinese. Reports to Senior Adviser for North East Asia. This is an entry-level position, about half administrative and half research work, ideal for energetic recent graduates. If interested please apply by 15 July online: http://jobs.crisisgroup.org/o/researcher-north-east-asia

News Assistant at The Straits Times 

The Straits Times is a Singapore-based English-language newspaper. We are looking for someone for its bureau in Beijing to do research and reporting as well as some administrative work. The person we are looking for is bilingual in Chinese and English and has experience in news reporting including writing news stories in English. Please write with your CV to Goh Sui Noi at [email protected]

Income Statement – June 2018

June 23, 2018 Board minutes

From the brink of collapse to democracy and economic growth: the secret of Indonesia’s success

Indonesia’s return from the brink of collapse two decades ago is largely due to democracy and decentralisation, according to the author of a new book on the country’s remarkable political and economic turnaround.

Vasuki Shastry talks about his book, Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence, at the FCC. Photo: sarah Graham/FCC Vasuki Shastry talks about his book, Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence, at the FCC. Photo: sarah Graham/FCC

As the country prepares for next year’s critical elections, where popular President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo faces fierce opposition and pressure to stand by his vision for a more inclusive and open Indonesia, author and well-known business and economics journalist Vasuki Shastry said the country’s transformation, “imperfect in many ways and still a work in progress”, would continue.

“The view was that 20 years ago Indonesia was either a failing state or a failed state and would essentially go the way of Yugoslavia,” said Shastry, whose book, Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence, examines the building blocks for the country’s transformation.

Southeast Asia’s largest nation was facing the spectre of famine triggered by factors including the 1998 Asian financial crisis and a devastating drought. Social unrest followed, and President Suharto resigned, ending his three-decades-long stewardship. Crunch time for the country, its new leaders decided to embrace democracy, and in doing so introduced fixed terms for the president, a fully-elected parliament which would exercise legislative powers, trade unions, and a free press.

Decentralisation has also played a significant role in Indonesia’s development, with power devolved from the provinces to the districts. This, Shastry told the July 16 club lunch, has reduced the threat of secessionist tendencies in the provinces, therefore removing the threat of East Timor’s secession in 1999. Decentralisation, however, has its own imperfections and has resulted in some local leaders building trophy projects with the limited and fragmented resources available.

The challenge now for Indonesia, Shastry said, was to build on its economic growth by creating an environment that allows more domestic and foreign investment.

Other areas that needed improvement were “the three Cs” – climate change, corruption, and culture. Huge swaths of Indonesia’s rainforest has been destroyed in order to accommodate more palm oil plantations. While the government accepts the devastating effect this has on climate change, Shastry said it has yet to articulate exactly what it will do to address the threat.

As for corruption, Indonesia has a strong institutional framework in the form of an independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). However, the success of the agency is exemplified by the attempts of several members of parliament to dilute its remit and independence, he said.

“Any attempt to dilute the KPK I think would be a big step backward for Indonesia,” Shastry, Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Standard Chartered Bank, added.

As for culture, being home to the world’s largest Muslim population presents its own challenges, and has led some to accuse the country of allowing radicalism to flourish.

“We should not mistake religiosity for radicalism,” Shastry said.

FCC Hong Kong reiterates call for immediate release of Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong again calls for the immediate release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Myanmar journalists with the Reuters news agency who had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men who were buried in a mass grave.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski

The pair, charged last week with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, were in court testifying this week. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Over the past six months, the FCC Hong Kong and other press organisations have repeatedly called for the charges to be dropped and for the two men to return home to their families. They were engaged in normal reporting activities and had not committed any wrongdoing.

Once again, we call on Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government to act to defend press freedom as the country undertakes its transition to democracy. Her government has an opportunity to show that it respects the beneficial role of a free and independent media, and will ensure that journalists are able to work without threat of retaliation.

With a verdict now possibly weeks away, it is also vital that everyone who believes in press freedom denounces efforts to silence journalists, in Myanmar and elsewhere around the globe. One easy place to start is by signing a petition for their release: goo.gl/1kPTwX

#FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo

Obituary: Anthony Paul, distinguished foreign correspondent and editor who remained a roving reporter at heart

By Brodie Paul and William Mellor

One of Asia Pacific’s most distinguished foreign correspondents, two-time FCC President and life member Anthony Paul, passed away in Brisbane on July 14, aged 81.

Partially obscured, Tony Paul in the shadow of Ambassador Graham Martin as the press crowd around the last US envoy to South Vietnam aboard the USS Blue Ridge following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Partially obscured, Tony Paul in the shadow of Ambassador Graham Martin as the press crowd around the last US envoy to South Vietnam aboard the USS Blue Ridge following the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Even among the pantheon of FCC greats, Tony’s career was unique. As a war correspondent for the Reader’s Digest – at the time the world’s largest selling magazine with a circulation of 23 million – he covered the 1975 fall of Saigon and Phnom Penh. Then, having reinvented himself as a business writer and editor, he went on to chronicle the rise of numerous other Asian cities and economies as the region boomed, most recently as an influential columnist with Fortune Magazine.

A 1977 book Tony co-wrote, Murder of a Gentle Land, exposed Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia at a time when many Asia-watchers remained in denial. Subsequent scoops included discovering that the leader of the post-war Malayan communist insurgency against British rule, Chin Peng, had not died in exile in China as many journalists believed, but was indeed alive and well and living just across the Thai border in Hatyai. In 1997, Tony tracked Chin Peng down and interviewed him over lunch at the British Club in Bangkok – an irony both of them enjoyed.

Based in Hong Kong for much of the period between 1972 and 1998, Tony was elected FCC President in 1977-78, then re-elected for a second term the following year. He was an honorary life member not only of the FCC, but also of the FCCT in Thailand and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. During years covering conflict in the region, Tony had also acquired an enviable list of military and intelligence contacts, as a result of which he became the only journalist we know to have enjoyed membership of both the FCC and the Special Forces Club in London.

Tony Paul's FCC membership card. Tony Paul’s FCC membership card.

Indeed, when recent changes to the Special Forces Club membership rules were proposed limiting membership to only ex-services types, it was pointed out by a senior member who knew Tony in Asia that Tony would qualify for more campaign medals than many current members.

Apart from covering the Indochina conflict, he also reported on the Soviet-Afghan War (1978-82), and communist insurgencies in Thailand, Malaya, and the Philippines. After the 2002 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Tony, by then well into his 60s, returned to the fray with a reporting trip to Baghdad. Denied insurance and expenses for body armour by the Straits Times, for whom in semi-retirement he them wrote columns, Tony grew a bushy beard for protection to pass more easily as a local. He used to same ruse while visiting Pakistan to interview the then military dictator, Pervez Musharraf.

Tony faced his own last battle as courageously as he reported wars. After learning on June 29 that he had stage 4 oesophagal cancer, he instructed that he be allowed to die as speedily as possible with no visitors except close family, no chemotherapy, no fuss and no memorial service.

Never a dull moment spent with Tony, and many of those ‘moments’ were long lunches.

To many FCC correspondent and journalist members a generation younger, the tall, handsome and avuncular Tony Paul was a friend and mentor, often delving into his vast contacts book to help those less well connected. He also worked closely with them. During his spell as Asia correspondent for the Reader’s Digest and frustrated by the monthly publication’s long lead times, he persuaded his bosses to buy the financially struggling Hong Kong-based Asiaweek magazine and allow him to join the Asiaweek team as a roving writer, feeding his need for more frequent scoops.

Then, after leaving the Digest, he became the founding editor of two other high-quality Asian publications, Business Tokyo, which he edited both out of Japan and New York, and Asia Inc., which he launched in Hong Kong in 1992. Asia Inc. subsequently won the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award three years in succession.

Journalists Tony hired or encouraged during those years were among many who paid tribute to him on social media. “Never a dull moment spent with Tony, and many of those ‘moments’ were long lunches,” former FCC and FCCT President Thomas Crampton wrote. “He helped me a great deal at the start of my career.”

Veteran AFP correspondent Ian Timberlake commented: “Tony graciously helped me when I was a green and impoverished stringer in Jakarta.”

Tony Paul in the Sichuan earthquake zone in 2011. Tony Paul in the Sichuan earthquake zone in 2011.

Tony’s beneficence extended way beyond assisting colleagues. Amid the turmoil of the fall of Saigon, he succeeded against the odds in getting his interpreter Son Van Nguyen and the Nguyen family on a plane to the U.S. “The Nguyen clan owe everything to Tony and the Paul family,” Gigi Nguyen wrote from New York. “We are so grateful to you and love you dearly.”

Typically, Tony self-deprecatingly played down his role in the Nguyen drama. As Saigon evacuated, he recalled how he had used his bulk to leap on a bus besieged by fleeing Americans leaving for the airport and used his 6’ 2” (188 cm) frame to brace himself at the door of the bus. “This bus goes nowhere without Son and his family,” Tony declared, amid protests that the vehicle was exclusively for Americans. Only after much pushing and shoving did he hear a voice from the back of the bus yelling: “Tony, Tony it’s OK…we are already on board.” During the commotion and unnoticed by Tony, the diminutive family members had slipped in under his arms.

Tony lost all his luggage in the evacuation, arriving on the U.S.S. Blue Ridge with only a typewriter, two opium pipes, a South Vietnamese general’s hat, one boot (he had lost the other under a helicopter skid) and the Nguyens. On arrival at the ship’s registration desk for evacuees, a marine officer looked at the one shoed man carrying opium pipes and wearing a general’s hat and observed: “Who the fuck are they sending us now?”

Tony also delighted in telling of his first failed attempt to return to a besieged Phnom Penh days before it fell to Pol Pot’s forces in April 1975. Arriving at Bangkok airport on March 31 with what he though was a confirmed reservation on an Air Cambodge Caravelle, Tony was told by a check-in clerk, giggling in embarrassment, that the flight has been cancelled. When Tony demanded to know why, the clerk offered two reasons: Firstly, the Khmer Rouge were shelling the runway. Secondly, the pilot was having a nervous breakdown.

Armed with a Reader’s Digest expense account lavish beyond the dreams of avarice, Tony retreated to the comfort of Bangkok’s Oriental Hotel, where he booked into the Jim Thompson suite and wined and dined extravagantly with a diplomat contact at the Normandie Grill, knowing that if he eventually made it into Phnom Penh, accounting for expenses would be the least of his problems. The following day, he returned to the airport to be told that the pilot’s nerves had calmed sufficiently for the flight to take off into the rocket barrage, although the counter clerk cautioned: “It’s one-way. No return ticket.”

Tony took the flight anyway, wrote a beautiful feature on the despair, corruption and heroism on display during the death throes of the doomed city, then at the last minute decided to join the final evacuation so as to head back to Saigon to witness the  fall of the South Vietnamese capital some two weeks later.

A page from a 1979 edition of The Correspondent in which Tony Paul can be seen on the right. A page from a 1979 edition of The Correspondent in which Tony Paul can be seen on the right.

Anthony Marcus Paul was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1937 and began his career on the local daily, The Courier Mail, in 1955. Proudly descended from convicts transported from England on the First Fleet of prison ships that arrived in Sydney in 1788 – one for stealing “a golden sixpence”, another for purloining 10 yards of cloth – Tony nevertheless decided his career prospects were better elsewhere. Arriving in the U.S. in the early 1960s, he met and married Anne, his wife of 53 years, and got a job at the Digest.

In 1972, the Digest posted him to Hong Kong, where his adventures really began. Asked once by an envious colleague how he acquired so many contacts in the region so quickly – especially amongst military brass and spooks – Tony replied that although he worked for an American publication, his Australian nationality had denied him the sort of access to CIA intelligence that U.S.-born reporters could expect. To compensate, he focused on wooing the intelligence services of U.S. allies in the region who were getting much of their information from the CIA anyway. In countries such as Thailand and South Korea, the young officers he cultivated in the Vietnam war years subsequently became powerful figures. Perhaps that was why Tony twice gained audiences with Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej and also interviewed the South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.

Still, he didn’t give those contacts an easy ride. One of his first cover stories after he launched Asia Inc was on the business dealings of the Thai military, titled Khaki Commerce. The cover image was a sinister illustration of a hard-faced general.

Even when he was supposed to be sitting in an editor’s chair in Hong Kong, Tony couldn’t resist going back on the road. When one of his reporters, Bill Mellor, and a photographer, traveling under cover in northern Burma for Asia, Inc in 1993, discovered and photographed a starving chain gang of political prisoners digging a road from Kengtung to the Thai border, Tony realised he had a great cover story – Burma’s Road of Shame. But he also realised that more reporting was needed in the then capital, Rangoon – a city closed in those days to foreign reporters. With his news crew headed in the opposite direction for another urgent assignment across the border in China, Tony promptly jumped on a plane and flew to Rangoon to do the additional reporting himself.

Tony with wife Anne at their son Bruce's wedding Tony with wife Anne at their son Bruce’s wedding.

In countries that weren’t U.S. allies, Tony’s engaging personality served him well. In Hanoi and Beijing, for example, he could easily trade war stories with high-ranking government media minders even though they had been on the opposite sides of the front lines. When he received an invitation from Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Sihanouk to a party the then exiled monarch was throwing in Pyongyang, Tony woke up the North Korean ambassador to Beijing at 11pm the night before to obtain the necessary visa to attend. He got it.

Indeed, he could get almost anyone to open up. One of his more, shall we say, colourful contacts was an Asian intelligence agent operating under diplomatic cover who wasn’t averse to using force to extract confessions. “Extract” being the operative word. Tony nicknamed him Fingernails.

Tony is survived by his wife, Anne, a distinguished gemmologist who loves Asia and, particularly, Hong Kong, as much as Tony did. Their two sons are, Brodie, a Mandarin-speaking entrepreneur who has worked both in Shanghai and Australia, and Bruce, a pilot with Cathay Dragon. Between them, Bruce and Brodie and their wives have five children.

This obituary could go on forever. There are so many more anecdotes about Tony to tell. Most, though, are best retold, not here, but over drinks at the FCC bar or over the sort of long lunches Tony so much enjoyed.

Anne Paul would love that. In her announcement of Tony’s death, she noted that he didn’t want a memorial service because enough had been written and little more needed to be said.  “He would be pleased if you raised a glass to good memories,” she wrote. “In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favourite charity – or a good bottle of wine for yourselves.”

Tony Paul, RIP.

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The power supply enhancement for computer facilities will be carried out on Oct 13, 2018 (this Saturday) from 8:00AM to 9:00AM

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The power supply enhancement for computer facilities will be carried out on Oct 13, 2018 (this Saturday) from 8:00AM to 9:00AM, WiFi service for the club, Internet service for the computers in the Lounge and Workroom will be suspended. Thank you for your understanding.

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