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Commentary: Media should respect facts as violence threatens HK stability

(People's Daily Online)    09:56, August 13, 2019

A good media report reflects facts, and a bad one shows no respect for the truth, instead instigating public emotion. When it comes to Hong Kong affairs, some media outlets have chosen to show their bias.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government’s amendments of the extradition law prescribe to real problems. It makes sense that the changes may cause controversy. The key is to handle disagreements and differences through negotiation and communication.

However, some Hong Kong media outlets distorted facts by depicting legal issues as political ones and creating fear among the public through subversive articles. They also exaggerated the scale of the anti-government protests and smeared the police force.

Taking rumors as proof, resorting to irrationality and hyping up the real situation, these media outlets have abused the freedom of the press.

When an illegal, violent demonstration takes place, the lenses always avoid the perpetrators but focus on law enforcement. They allow protesters to speak in front of the camera like actors reading a script.

However, when patriots in Hong Kong speak for justice, reject violence, and launch peaceful gatherings to safeguard Hong Kong, they are silenced.

It is clear that the facts are the facts they like, the truth is the truth they need, and the story is the story they write. They are more like a political group than media outlets.

Hong Kong has a great tradition of running newspapers, and there are also excellent reporters. Adhering to the concept of justice and advanced concepts, generations of media writers have used their pens to supervise society and slam chaos, faithfully recording history and the evolution of the times.

Do reporters in Hong Kong still have a sense of mission and fairness? Could they faithfully tell the public facts about the history and the times? We believe they could, but it’ll take some time. 


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