When we comment on social conditions, we care our rights of the speech are free or not. Freedom of speech is a kind of basic human rights. It refers to the statutory political rights of a country’s citizens who can express their opinions and ideas according to their wishes. These expressions need not be subject to the government’s “ex-ante” review and restriction, nor need to worry about retaliation from the government.
According to the Chapter 3 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Basic Rights and Obligations of Residents) Article 27, Our freedom of speech, press and publication, freedom of association, rallies, processions, demonstrations are guaranteed as the HongKong citizen. Similarly, Hong Kong journalists’ freedom of speech is also protected by the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. But have you ever wondered if such legal protection is really effective and good enough when we are out of the Hong Kong area? How about in China?
Hong Kong journalist was beaten covering the 10-year anniversary of Sichuan earthquake:
On May 12th – the tenth anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a Cable TV Broadcasting company’s journalist name Chen Ho Fai (陳浩輝) was being attacked by two local plainclothes officeholders when he was interviewed at the Juyuan Middle School in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province. His body was hurt by those attacks.
Via RTV provided the video record of “the reason why HongKong’s journalist got attack” from the mother Mrs. Lu Bik Yu (魯碧玉) of the victims of the earthquake. The mother of the victims of the earthquake stated that during the entire process, two Hong Kong journalists were discovered and taken away by plainclothes personnel. She also claimed that parents of other witnessing processes stated that they saw reporters being beaten while another journalist safely left the scene under the escort of parents.
The reason of the same day morning, there were about 200 parents arrived at the Juyuan Secondary School (聚源中學) for memorial their children as it was a place where the number of Wenchuan, Sichuan earthquake victims was severe in 2008. They erected a memorial wall and affixed students’ photos. Set up the banner to demanded stern punishment the people who were in charge of the “bean curd residue” school building project. At the scene, a large number of local plainclothes officers were present to monitor people’s every move.
Mrs. Lu Bik Yu (魯碧玉) was angry at the authorities’ actions of treat journalists. She believes this is the guilty conscience of the authorities and does not allow the outside world to know the performance of the “bean curd residue” school building project.
Ten years ago, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region alone had already sent 10 billion Hong Kong dollars worth of public funds to Sichuan for reconstruction purposes. The follow-up report by Hong Kong journalist was actually beaten. Through Mrs. Lu Bik Yu (魯碧玉) statement in the video recording, we can realize that China is very sensitive to media involvement. This cannot help but doubt of are journalists’ rights of interview and speech and personal safety guaranteed in China?
Here I would explore more of how China intervene the rights of the journalists by my case study since our press and the global media affect our society.
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