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Club Lunch: State of the Press in Hong Kong: A Panel Debate

Date: 7 Jun 2017 12:30 PM | Venue:

State of the Press in Hong Kong:
A Panel Debate
(in alphabetical order)
Daisy Li
Chief Editor, Citizen News, Former Chief Executive of the online news division of Apple Daily, Taiwan.
Chip Tsao
Broadcaster, Columnist, Former Deputy Editor of Ming Pao,
Former Producer of the BBC Chinese Service
Shirley Yam
Columnist, South China Morning Post, Vice Chairperson, Hong Kong Journalist Association
12:30PM FOR 12:45PM – LUNCH
The media landscape in Hong Kong has changed in many ways in the 20 years since the handover.  Hong Kong’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index by “Reporters without borders” (RSF) has plunged from 18 in 2002 to 73 in 2017.  There are growing concerns about self-censorship and editorial independence.  Meanwhile, journalists and press freedom advocates have sometimes been the target of violent attacks. In 2014, the Hong Kong journalist association (HKJA) denounced “the darkest period ever known by the Press in Hong Kong”.
On a more positive note, several new media platforms dedicated to independent and neutral news coverage have appeared but their economic survival is at risk.  What does the future hold for Hong Kong’s free media?  The panelists discussed this question and assess the highs and lows for the city’s media over the last two decades.


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