Wen Wei Po is withdrawing its sponsorship of scholarships for students in the Department of Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The Beijing-backed Chinese-language newspaper was unhappy with the pro-Occupy movement stance of some of the students, the report said, citing unidentified sources.
An HKBU spokesman confirmed that Wen Wei Po officially rejected the students the university had recommended for the scholarships.
Lam Ming-chu, who chairs HKBU’s Communications Society, said the newspaper’s decision hurt many students’ feelings. The move, with its political implications, would only make the students doubt the future.
The Wen Wei Po scholarships were to be awarded to students who have “caring hearts” for China and Hong Kong issues, familiarity with the newspaper and good academic achievements in journalism, the university’s website says.
They were awarded to four qualified students every year since 1987. Each student received HK$5,000 (US$645).
In October, property developer Chun Wo Development Holdings (000711.HK) decided to withdraw its sponsorship of scholarships at four universities, saying it was not happy with the stance of the universities and their leaders on the Occupy movement.
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