Hong Kong’s new broadcasting chief dismissed reports he contacted Beijing’s liaison office during the recruitment process.
Leung Ka-wing said he “touched base” with executive headhunters in September but did not contact Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, public broadcaster RTHK quoted him as saying.
Leung said is confident he will withstand any political pressure as he formally assumed his new role as Director of Broadcasting.
Choy Yuk-ling, leader of the RTHK program staff union, expressed hope Leung will defend the station’s editorial independence after emerging from a 90-minute meeting with him.
However, local advocacy group Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor said it’s not optimistic about Leung’s appointment.
Despite the fact that Leung is an experienced journalist, he does not have a compelling history, the group said.
It cited the misreporting of the death of Jiang Zemin four years ago and its aftermath as evidence Leung is incapable of resisting political pressure.
At the time, Leung was vice president of news of ATV, the only station to run the story.
He left the company shortly after.
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