Archive for May, 2009

  • POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #4

    Date: 2009.05.27 | Category: Politics: All Posts | Response: 0

    I recently started writing a short, light-hearted political column for Hong Kong Time Out Magazine. Below is the uncut, original version…

    Bus TV

    Shopping may be a territory-wide obsession, but even when between purchases we are constantly, relentlessly being sold something everywhere we go in the Capital of Capitalism. Advertising is so ubiquitously brash around our supposedly fragrant harbour that vulgar neon signage has become one of the iconic, defining features of the city.

  • ACTIVISM – Letter to ATV

    Date: 2009.05.24 | Category: Politics: Activism, Politics: All Posts | Response: 0

    The media’s choice of words and how they present facts can affect a whole story. One man’s freedom fighter in indeed another man’s terrorist, and it’s important TV news and press get it right. It seems that, in a fit of over-cautiousness, ATV got it wrong this week when they used ‘allegedly’ in describing the deaths of Tiananmen Square activists.

    This is a term usually thrown in to protect news teams from prosecution, usually during ongoing cases, but the Beijing crackdown occurred in 1989 and many of the facts are quite clear.

    Here are the BBC’s ethical guidelines: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/edguide/

  • ACTIVISM – Letter in The Standard

    Date: 2009.05.21 | Category: Politics: Activism, Politics: All Posts | Response: 0

    Printed on the letters page of The Standard 21.5.09

    What an offensive article by Mary Ma (“Ripe for new political bananas,” The Standard, May 15). Let bygones be bygones? Tell that to the Tiananmen Mothers or the thousands of Hongkoners who are here because they had fled the regime over the border. No-one has received justice for the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal oppression in 1989.

    It is the same party, made up of some of the same people that instigated the massacre – what is to say it couldn’t happen again? Certainly, they have never admitted responsibility or apologised. Being the only place in China where self-expression is tolerated, we are morally obligated to ensure the crackdown is never forgotten, and is taught properly in schools.

  • POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #3

    Date: 2009.05.13 | Category: Politics: All Posts | Response: 1

    I recently started writing a short, light-hearted political column for Hong Kong Time Out Magazine. Below is the uncut, original version…

    Flying Freedom Kites.
    20 years ago the central government crushed the world’s biggest peaceful pro-democracy movement in a violent crackdown on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – thousands were killed and wounded. In the run up to the June 4th anniversary this year, I will be joining other activists to fly ‘kites for democracy’ this Sunday at Clearwater Bay Country Park, 2pm.

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