Date
16 August 2017
Hong Kong people wonder whether the press is under pressure to cover certain political issues, according to an academic. Photo: AFP
Hong Kong people wonder whether the press is under pressure to cover certain political issues, according to an academic. Photo: AFP

HK press freedom satisfaction up but media credibility dives

Hong Kong satisfaction with media freedom is up, but fewer people think the press is credible, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing a survey by the University of Hong Kong.

The satisfaction index rose to 30 points in September compared with five months earlier, but the general credibility rating of the news media fell to 5.84 points, an eight-year-low, the report said.

The survey polled 1,032 respondents by phone between Sept. 23 and Sept. 30.    

Nearly half said Hong Kong media practices self-censorship while six in 10 said it has scruples about criticizing the central government, up three percentage points.

Clement So, a professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said some people wonder whether the local media is under pressure to cover certain political issues.

He said more such issues tend to create more social controversy.

Beijing’s white paper on its post-colonial policy on Hong Kong triggered the latest political debate on “one country, two systems” and universal suffrage, according to the survey.    

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