Peter Mathieson, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, said he felt a little surprised at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s criticism of Undergrad, a magazine published by HKU’s students’ union, am730 reported Wednesday.
Leung hit out at Undergrad in his policy address this month, criticizing articles in the magazine as promoting independence for Hong Kong.
However, Mathieson said Leung has freedom to say what he wants and decide what to put in the policy address. He said he believed that Leung was just expressing his opinion and did not mean to stop students from giving comments.
Mathieson emphasized that he will continue to support and respect the freedom of speech of students as well as teaching staff.
Meanwhile, he declined to comment on media speculation that Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun, the former dean of law at HKU, would be appointed the university’s pro-vice-chancellor, saying the recruitment process was still underway.
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