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BLOG – Profit, Protection & Public Interest: Why is SCMP ‘Drip-feeding’ Snowden Revelations? 3

There is a journalistic ethics debate to be had over how the South China Morning Post is treating information they gained from an interview earlier this month with Edward Snowden. How much more does the SCMP know?

The newspaper’s leader on Tuesday contained further revelations from their original Snowden interview, which was almost 2 weeks old by then. The ‘exclusive’ stated that Snowden sought his job at Booz Allen specifically to gather evidence on NSA surveillance. Until Snowden clarifies this, it seemed a very tenuous conclusion to draw from a two-word answer he gave in response to a question about his role at Booz… Nevertheless, SCMP’s Editor-in-Chief Xiangwei Wang told Phoenix TV that Snowden had requested that this information was held back until a specified time when the ‘dust had settled‘. As we know from the Leveson Enquiry, it is not unusual for journalists to negotiate terms or agree to such deals with sources, but has this been the case for all of SCMP’s drip-fed NSA revelations?

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PHOTOGRAPHY – Hong Kong Snowden Rally Photos (Part 3 of 4) 7

Hundreds gathered last weekend for a rally in support of Edward Snowden. Photos below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

The panoramas below were taken by See-ming Lee

ACTIVISM – Hong Kong Snowden Rally Media Coverage (Part 2 of 4) 30

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Media coverage below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

An unprecedented number of local social and political groups came together on Saturday at the supportsnowden.org rally in solidarity with the American NSA whistleblower. 27 co-organisers joined more than 900 Hong Kong and foreign demonstrators (according to an independent head count). With 6 speakers, including 3 LEGCO members, they marched in the rain from Chater Garden to the US Consulate, demanding an end to surveillance of innocent citizens. A letter (PDF) was handed in to Ambassador Steve Young demanding that the human right to a private life is upheld (Article 8 of the UN declaration). Accompanied by the world’s media, marchers then convened at HK Government HQ in Admiralty, demanding that Chief Executive CY Leung speak up, protect Snowden and ensure rule of law is upheld without interference from Beijing.

Despite the weather and warnings from the US consulate to avoid the area and Chater Garden, this was the biggest rally yet, worldwide, on the NSA/PRISM issue. The SCMP reported that, for some, it was their first ever march. A large proportion were expats and many bought their children along. More details, photos and videos will be up on the blog later this week. Collected below is some of the early coverage – this page will update on Sunday. Also be sure to check out the SCMP live blog.

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ACTIVISM – Preview of Today’s Hong Kong ‘Support Snowden’ Rally (Part 1 of 4) 11

Preview below, as part of our four-part coverage of the event… See also:

Today at 3pm, hundreds will gather at Chater Garden (exit J2, Central)  in support of Edward Snowden. Over 15,000 have been invited online with 600+ confirmed. The world’s media will cover the event live. An unprecedented 28 groups are now on board – a diverse and unified showing of concerned Hong Kongers. 6 speakers are confirmed, half of whom are serving LEGCO members, and we’ll be rallying at three key locations in the heart of the city this afternoon…

Preparations at the InMedia HQ took place last night – we have some whistles, waterproof placards and decorated umbrellas but please bring your own. This afternoon, we will all be whistleblowers! You can download placards here and be sure to join us, even if it rains. (Especially if it rains!).

EVENT – Rally to Support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong: This Saturday, 3pm 44

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Hong Kong Rally in Support of Edward Snowden this Saturday, 3pm Chater Garden (exit J2, Central). Hosted by InMedia and Hong Wrong. See supportsnowden.org for details and bring a whistle! Over 14,000+ invited at the time of writing, but we need you to show up with your whistles!


Rally tag: #snowdenhk Live updates on Twitter here.
Click to tweet this event in English or in Chinese.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Albert Ho, Director, HK Alliance & HK election Democratic runner-up, “Why this case is important for HK’s future” 
  • Law Yuk Kai, Director, HK Human Rights Monitor: “Hong Kong’s legal system & international legal system”
  • Ip lam Chong, In-Media HK: “The implications of Edward Snowden coming to Hong Kong”
  • Claudia Mo, LegCo member, founding member of Civic Party: “Whistleblowers and free speech in HK”
  • Charles Mok, LegCo: “The right to communicate safely online and freedom of expression”

Download placards or make your own…

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POLITICS – Full Lowdown: US Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks Refuge in Free Speech HK 5

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Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald’s source for the American NSA (National Security Agency) whistle blower story, has been taking refuge in Hong Kong. Snowden chose HK as “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”. In an interview with The Guardian columnist below, he stated that…

“Hong Kong has a strong tradition of free speech. People think ‘China; great firewall’. Mainland China does have significant restrictions on free speech but the people of Hong Kong have a long tradition of protesting in the streets, making their views known, their internet is not filtered here. No more so than any other western government. And I believe that the Hong Kong government is actually independent in relation to a lot of other western governments.”