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Group condemns calls for OWP reduction

Apple Daily: Calls for OWP reduction criticized as discriminatory

Source: Apple Daily

Source: Apple Daily

Yesterday, a concern group for cross-border families criticized Legislators Gary Fan and Claudia Mo, along with Green Sense chairman Roy Tam, for their joint statement calling for a reduction in the One-Way Permit daily quota and the transfer of OWP approval authority to the Hong Kong government, which the concern groups claimed was discriminatory. The group demanded that the three public apologize for discriminating against “new Hongkongers”, and threatened to appeal to the Equal Opportunities Commission next week. The concern group believes that reducing the OWP quota will increase the separation time of cross-border families.

Roy Tam et al. issued a joint statement yesterday, stating that they will not retract their demands for reducing the OWP quota, and argued that the concern group was abusing the term “discrimination”. They claim their earlier “anti-assimilation, anti-red, anti-land grab” advertisement is simply to make the public aware of CY Leung’s “blind rush” policy, in hopes that the public will care about Hong Kong’s population policy. OWP arrivals number over 700,000 since the handover and are a great upwards force on Hong Kong’s population count: this is a fact beyond all doubt.

The statement also claimed that Hong Kong has no clear population policy objectives nor the power to implement them. When it comes to immigration control, Hong Kong is less autonomous than Macau or even some PRC provinces. The statement claimed that the OWP policy is outdated and easily arouses local resentment.

HK journalists evicted from APEC

http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/news.htm?main&20131007&56&95469020120607_int.0020M

(English press release) HKJA condemns barring of HK reporters

The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association has strongly condemned the barring of Hong Kong press at the APEC ministerial conference in Indonesia.

The move came after Hong Kong reporters asked President Aquino of the Philippines whether his administration would apologise to the families of the victims of the Manila bus tragedy in 2010 when eight Hong Kong people died due to the actions of a rogue policeman.

Mr Aquino ignored the questions but the reporters said several officials then approached them and seized their accreditation cards saying, “We don’t welcome you. You offended our excellency.”

The journalists involved are from RTHK, NOW TV and Commercial Radio. There has been no official explanation so far.

The HKJA has called on the Hong Kong government to take up the matter.

http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/expressnews/news.htm?expressnews&20131006&55&954644

(Translated from Chinese) Reporters removed from APEC venue over question to Philippine president — Journalists Association denounces infringement of press freedom

Philippine president Benigno Aquino III was confronted by Hong Kong journalists at the APEC forum in Bali, who asked whether he would apologize for the Manila hostage incident of 2010, and whether he would meet with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Aquino did not comment on either question.

Journalists from three local media outlets, including RTHK, were present at the APEC forum in waiting of President Aquino and were not prevented from doing so in any way, but as soon as the questions were asked, forum staff declared that the journalists were causing a disturbance and disrespecting the forum. The journalists had their passes confiscated and were evicted from the venue.

A spokesperson for RTHK expressed regret at the confiscation of the journalists’ press passes for conducting normal reporting duties, and said that the organization is working with the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Information Services Department to follow up on the case.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association stated that asking questions is a reporter’s duty. Due to being kept at a distance from their intended subjects, journalists may be forced to shout on occasion, but that does not mean they are being disrespectful. The Association also claimed that the infringement of press freedom via the confiscation of press passes was the true show of disrespect.

Footage from Now TV:

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