Date
22 November 2017
Simplified Chinese characters (in red circles) are found in the online edition of OffBeat. Police Commissioner Andy Tsang (inset) holds a copy of the newsletter at a press conference last month. Photos: Stand News, HKEJ
Simplified Chinese characters (in red circles) are found in the online edition of OffBeat. Police Commissioner Andy Tsang (inset) holds a copy of the newsletter at a press conference last month. Photos: Stand News, HKEJ

Suspicious characters: Police newsletter draws concerns

The latest online edition of OffBeat, the official newsletter of the Hong Kong police force, drew suspicions among netizens who found simplified Chinese characters in the articles using the traditional Chinese form.

Among those who voiced concern was Neo Democrats lawmaker Gary Fan, who said the use of simplified Chinese characters in the newsletter has prompted talk that mainlanders are involved in the editorial work.

Fan asked: Could this be another indication of the growing influence of the mainland in the administration of the Hong Kong government?

But there’s nothing to worry about, according to the Police Public Relations Bureau, which explained that the case was a simple proofreading glitch during the conversion of the printed version of the newsletter into the web edition, Metro Daily reported Thursday.

The editorial team thanked those who pointed out the mistakes, and immediately rectified them, a PPRB spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a veteran officer who asked not to be identified said the police force has been using a lot of simplified Chinese in its internal documents, news website Stand News reported.

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