Journalists of Hong Kong’s daily newspaper Sing Pao have been followed and harassed since mid of February. Additionally, the paper’s website and the company’s computer as well as email system came under digital attack and was down temporarily. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the company believes the harassment is connected to a series of its columns criticizing Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying and the Chinese government’s Liaison Office in the run up to the chief executive election on March 26.
It needs self-regulation of the media to ensure press freedom, but the media itself should also elevate its own standards to address the declining public trust. These are the results of a panel discussion “Regulating the Media in Thailand” that was by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. The event’s aim was to discuss the government’s proposed media bill. This draft bill would establish a 13-member media council (including two ministerial permanent secretaries) that would be authorised to issue and revoke media licences.
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