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Commissioner's office urges FCC to stop meddling in HK affairs

By Wang Zhan | | Updated: 2020-09-24 21:30
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This Nov 17, 2016 photo shows the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Central. [PHOTO BY PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY]

HONG KONG - The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday urged the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in Hong Kong to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs on the pretext of press freedom.

In a statement issued Wednesday, a spokesperson of the commissioner's office expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the unwarranted remarks FCC Hong Kong made about the Hong Kong police force's amendment of the definition of "media representatives" under the Police General Orders.

The spokesperson pointed out that some anti-China troublemakers in Hong Kong who proclaimed themselves as journalists deliberately obstructed the police from enforcing the law and even assaulted police officers during the anti-amendment protests last year, hampering the interviewing and reporting work of other journalists and seriously undermining law and order.

The truth is not to be distorted. By anxiously whitewashing the fake journalists, FCC Hong Kong is attempting to endorse the rioters and condone their "burn with us" violence, thus sowing more trouble in the city.

The spokesperson emphasized that there is no such thing as absolute press freedom above the law. Hong Kong is part of China, and any media practitioner in the HKSAR shall strictly and voluntarily abide by national laws applied to Hong Kong and local laws.

No organization or individual shall seek privileges above the law, impede the HKSAR government's law-based governance, or endanger China's national security and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability on the pretext of press freedom.

The spokesperson said that it is only right and proper for the relevant HKSAR authorities to strengthen the management of and services for the media, and amend the policy to address prevalent maladies and set things right, so as to better safeguard the legitimate rights of recognized media outlets and journalists and protect press freedom in Hong Kong.

The commissioner's office urged FCC Hong Kong to observe national and local laws and regulations, stop provoking trouble on purpose, and refrain from meddling with Hong Kong affairs under any pretext.

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