FCC Statement on Media Handover Restrictions
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong is concerned by reports that some media outlets have been restricted from covering official events around the inauguration of Chief Executive-designate John Lee and the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China.
Media reports have stated that several local and international outlets were not given the chance to apply for accreditation by the Information Services Department.
In the past, similar official events were open to media registration without invitation.
The FCCHK is concerned the procedure this year could set a precedent for excluding particular outlets from important events in future.
The FCCHK urges the Hong Kong government to reconsider the accreditation process to allow all outlets to cover these significant stories openly, in line with its stated commitment to press freedom.