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致梁振英:要求於選舉日給予專業網上新聞及其記者採訪權

2017/3/15 — 20:57

梁振英

梁振英

行政長官 梁振英先生
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三月廿六日,香港將迎來第五屆行政長官選舉,閣下和一眾官員多次強調,要確保今次選舉在公平、公開及誠實的環境下舉行。然而,在政府現行的媒體政策下,作為市民大眾主要資訊來源的網上媒體,將會被你們拒諸門外。

我們特此作出緊急呼籲,要求政府在選舉當日作出特別安排,容許專業網上新聞媒體及其記者,參與所有由政府安排之新聞活動,包括進入設於中央點票站的傳媒專用區,好讓公眾能得到最全面並多元化之新聞報導,並保證今次選舉在陽光下進行。

廣告

去年十二月六日,申訴專員公署已經表明,基本法27條賦予香港居民之新聞自由,政府應盡力為資訊流通提供方便,不同政府部門有責任協助新聞工作者迅速發佈最新消息。然而,政府新聞處未能提供實際理據,證明所謂空間不足問題,或受到拒絕的媒體對安全構成威脅等。專員據此判定政府禁止網媒參與其採訪活動之政策不合理,並建議從速向網媒開放採訪權。

令人遺憾的是,過去三個月,政府未作任何改善,亦沒有聯絡業界商討此事。選舉在即,關卡依舊,政府新聞處至今未向各網媒提供任何申請採訪之渠道,多家專業網上新聞平台去信該處提出採訪選舉日活動之申請,一直未獲回覆。

廣告

五年一度的特首選舉是香港的頭等大事,公眾對此極為關注。實在很難想像在互聯網無遠弗屆的今天,如此重大事件,網媒會被拒諸門外。而且今次的中央點票站設於香港灣仔會議展覽中心,面積絕對足以容納更多的記者。與此同時,過去數年,個別新聞工作者組織已經參考外國經驗,建議不同的記者認證方法,不存在無法分辨誰是記者之說。

我們強烈要求政府於選舉日給予專業網上新聞及其記者採訪權。

距離選舉日,還有不到兩星期,事態緊急。我們希望政府儘快回應我們的呼籲。

關於認證之問題,歡迎閣下隨時聯絡我們商討細節。

香港記者協會
端傳媒
香港外國記者會
立場新聞
香港攝影記者協會
本土新聞
香港電台節目製作人員工會 
Hong Kong Fress Press
壹傳媒工會
明報職工協會
獨立評論人協會
眾新聞


Dear Mr Leung

This is our urgent appeal for you to give professional online-only media full access to government press activities and facilities in relation to the election of the Chief Executive on 26 March 2017.

Under the existing policy, those media is excluded from all official functions and denied entry to locations where elections will be held. Not only does this arrangement deviates from the government's pledge of a fair, open and honest election, it is also against the press freedom promised in the Basic Law.

In this regard, we would stress that the Ombudsman had concluded in her December 6 finding that the Government has offered no convincing justification for its ban on online-only media from its press events. The Government is obliged to facilitate press access as part of the protection of press freedom stipulated in the Basic Law. Yet, the Ombudsman’s call for the lifting of the ban has yielded no result. Nor has there been any move towards accreditation of online media. In fact, there has been no discussion, whatever, with the industry in this regard. With less than two weeks to go before the Election, the Information Services Department has provided no accreditation channel for the online-only media. Letters and emails sent by these media seeking registration for the election day press activities remain unanswered.

Given the significance of the Chief Executive election, such continued inaction is not only regrettable but also unreasonable. The press area, which will be located in the Hong Kong Convention Centre, should be spacious enough to include those journalists. Professional unions have already proposed different ways of accrediting journalists that are widely adopted by various authorities overseas.

Ignoring what has become an integral part of life worldwide is not in anyone's interests, least of all the younger generation to whom the online medium is their sole access to the wider world.

Looking forward to your favourable reply, we remain,

Hong Kong Journalists Association 
Initium Media
Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong 
 Stand News
Hong Kong Press Photographers Association 
 Local Press
Programme Staff Union 
 Next Media Trade Union
Ming Pao Staff Association
Independent Commentators Association
Hong Kong Fress Press
Citizen News

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