Candidates endorse Press Freedom Charter

[Mar 2012 - The Journalist] A Freedom of Press Charter has been endorsed by all three chief executive candidates, Albert Ho Chun-yan, Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang Ying-yen, to show their commitment to defending press freedom.

This endorsement commits them to playing an active role in the implementation of Law on Freedom of Information in order to cultivate a better environment.

By signing they also promised not to force implementation of Section 23 of the Basic Law.

Amid concerns over the shrinking of press freedom, the Hong Kong Journalist Association is pleased to see the Charter being signed, especially in a time when Hong Kong is falling in international rankings on press freedom. The Association urges the candidates to keep their promise if they win office.

The three chief executive hopefuls signed the Charter during a talk organized by the HKJA on February 17. They explained their platforms to some 200 participants including media, teachers and students, on how news freedom should be honored and defended.

Henry Tang Ying-yen, who originally could not attend the forum due to urgent matters, turned up at the last moment.