Written by: Li Fuyuan
Last update date: 2020-09-25 02:29
The police revised the definition of "media representative" in the "General Police Regulations", which evoked repercussions from the press.
Under the new law, the police only recognize media that have registered with the Government Information Service's Press Release System (GNMIS), or internationally recognized and well-known non-local media.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam responded to Facebook late on Friday (25th) that GNMIS is an important platform for the Information Services Department to strengthen the connection between the government and the media and provide services for the media. The police force uses this objective, open, and non-discriminatory service platform to define Who is a "media representative" is not an act of suppressing press freedom or screening journalists.
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that in the evening, I saw a lot of news around the police department’s use of the GNMIS media organization list of the Information Service as the definition of "media representative", describing herself as "a bit unpleasant"; although GNMIS is nominally a set The government news release system, in fact, can also be said to be the communication platform between the entire government and the media. In addition to receiving news from the press department and various government departments, registered media organizations can also attend press conferences held by various policy bureaus and departments , Including those hosted by her or the Secretary-General, and media representatives in the system can also receive interview notices for government activities and decide whether to send personnel to attend.
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that GNMIS is an important platform for the Information Department to strengthen the connection between the government and the media and to provide services for the media. Because of this function, all media, large and small, local, domestic and overseas media will be registered in the system, but it was rejected a few years ago. The online-only media outside of Zhimen once lodged a complaint about this, and emphasized that it was not until she became the Chief Executive that GNMIS was opened to pure online media in September 2017.
Carrie Lam said that the police use GNMIS, an objective, open, and non-discriminatory service platform to define who is a "media representative" and provide special arrangements for them in their operations. For example, they can enter the blocked area for interviews and take photos in special locations. Arranged to attend a press conference or attend an event for interviews, and asked, "How could it suppress freedom of the press or screen journalists?" and reiterated that the Basic Law protects Hong Kong residents' freedom of speech, press, publication, etc. changed".
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