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BLOG – Hong Kong Electoral Reform & The Propaganda Genie

Guest post by Brendan Clift

Policy-making and reform necessarily involve communication between governments and residents. But Hong Kong is witnessing an escalation in government messaging that promotes a particular direction for electoral reform. This week, a lawyers group called out the government for masking political advertising as neutral “announcements in the public interest”, or APIs, which broadcast licensees must air.

The Progressive Lawyers Group says these messages breach the Broadcasting Ordinance prohibition on political advertising, although the code of practice for television advertising states that APIs are not advertisements. But the greater risk for the government is that its PR campaign is becoming overbearing. As such, it threatens to undermine the credibility of local media and galvanize opposition forces.


HELPERS: A Break Through? Judge in Erwiana Case Calls for Review of Live-in Rule

Via Meredith McBride of HK Helpers Campaign

Friday morning Law Wan-tung, the 44-year-old housewife who was found guilty of abusing Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and Tutik Lestari Ningsih, was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Speaking in the Wan Chai District Court early Friday, the Honourable Judge Amanda Woodcock made ground-breaking statements slamming the live-in rule and collection of illegal agency fees as having facilitated Erwiana’s abuse.

Judge Amanda Woodcock on the 'live in rule'

Judge Amanda Woodcock on the ‘live in rule’

 

“In my view, such conduct could be prevented if domestic workers were not forced to live in their employers’ homes,” Judge Woodcock said. “The choice would make all the difference.”


BLOG – John Tsang Selfie Stick Photoshop Special 1

This evening, Financial Secretary John Tsang posted a selfie with journalists on his new Facebook page. It was a special selfie in that it was shot using a timer and a selfie-stick hours after he delivered this year’s budget.

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Hong Wrong is happy to help kick off the inevitable photoshop frenzy. We have provided a PNG file for those who’d like to create their own masterpiece (scroll to the bottom).


MEDIA WATCH – Hong Kong Falls Nine Places on Latest Press Freedom Index

Hong Kong has dropped nine places on the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index. Since last year, the city has dropped from 61st to 70th place in a ranking of 180 countries.

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The index “ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.” In 2002, Hong Kong ranked 18th of 134 countries.


HELPERS – Justice for Erwiana: Former Employer Guilty on 18 Charges

The packed court room broke into applause after Judge Amanda Woodcock convicted Hong Kong woman Law-Wan-tung on 18 charges for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, assault and criminal intimidation of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and Tutik Lestari Ningsih.

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“I am sure she (Erwiana) was telling the truth,” said Judge Woodcock as she read her findings the room full of journalists, activists, and friends. “I believe her testimony in its entirety,” citing credibility as a crucial issue in her findings.

“When she left Hong Kong, she was a shadow of her former self,” said Judge Woodcock, citing Erwiana’s sunken eyes, swollen eyes and faces and wounds. Some of Erwiana’s injuries were caused by prolonged exposure to water and cleaning solutions, however over a dozen other injuries were not accounted for by this explanation. The attempt by the defence to pass Erwiana’s skin problems off as acne were “desperate and fanciful constructions,” said Woodcock.