FactWire, a Hong Kong-based investigative news agency, said it has been receiving threats from unknown people after it published a series of stories on the recall of faulty Chinese-made subway trains from Singapore last month, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The news agency, which was established through crowdfunding, said they were informed on July 21 that someone would go to their office to “teach them a lesson” for the troubles caused by the train recall story.
On July 26, FactWire noticed a man acting suspiciously outside their office and counting the number CCTV cameras, while some symbols were left on the door.
FactWire said the threats have affected reporting and editorial work while security had to be strengthened around the office.
It decided to make public the threats it has been receiving over the past month after several of its readers started asking through the news agency’s Facebook page why it has become quieter recently on the reporting front.
FactWire said it would not speculate on who had issued the threats, but reiterated that the stories on the Chinese train recall were based on facts, adding that so far no one has come out to deny its reports.
Hong Kong Journalists Association chairperson Sham yee-lan has called on the police to launch an investigation as it appears some people are trying to intimidate journalists by issuing threats, Apple Daily reports.
To Yiu-ming, assistant professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, said the government’s failure to arrest the masterminds behind several attacks and blackmailing cases targeting journalists could make matters worse.
FactWire said in a statement its investigative reports are not meant to target any particular person or group.
“We have a duty to the truth,” it said.
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