Date
23 October 2017
TVB says it is extremely concerned about the assault on its front-line journalists. Photo: HKEJ
TVB says it is extremely concerned about the assault on its front-line journalists. Photo: HKEJ

TVB distances self from management stance on online petition

Television Broadcasts Ltd. (TVB) reiterated its demand for a full investigation into a recent attack on its journalists and distanced itself from a move by a company official to block an online petition condemning violence against media personnel, RTHK reported Thursday.

“We are extremely concerned about the assault on our journalists, and immediately responded to the issue by submitting a letter to the Chief Executive and the Secretary for Security and demanding a full investigation to hold those attackers accountable and ensure the safety of our front-line journalists,” TVB said. 

Also, the company said its director of production Sandy Yu, who ordered TVB staff not to join an online petition condemning the attack on journalists, was “only expressing her personal views”.

Yu had ordered all employees who signed the petition to attend a meeting with their supervisors, according to an Apple Daily report.

The TVB official sees the petition as against the company’s interests, the report said, adding that the employees concerned have been asked to remove their signatures or risk losing their bonus this year.

The petition, launched on Facebook, condemns the violence by anti-Occupy elements against reporters and cameramen who covered their rally over the weekend. It also calls on TVB to temporarily suspend assigning staff to cover similar events and to take legal action against the perpetrators of the violence.

The petition, signed by more than 340 former and current employees of the TVB news department, came after three colleagues were assaulted in Tsim Sha Tsui last Saturday by protesters who were against the Occupy campaign.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, as well as lawmakers from both the pan-democratic and pro-establishment camps, condemned the attack and called on the police to act swiftly on the case.

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