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News industry split into opposing camps

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30.12.2018

Some people insist on calling the Hong Kong Journalists Association a media watchdog. But it has not bothered with neutrality for a long time.

Its political stance is closely aligned with the anti-mainland and anti-communist ideologies of the yellow-ribbon localist movement and some anti-China publications. That’s fine; it’s a free city. But by virtue of its partisanship, it has no independent authority.

Online news platform HK01 happens to be one of the few mainstream outlets that are relatively neutral and non-partisan. So it’s ironic that the association has singled it out for criticism. That has to do with a recent profile in HK01 of Taiwan’s heavy metal musician and pro-independence lawmaker Freddy Lim Tshiong-tso, who was denied entry........

© South China Morning Post