Written by: Peng Zhuowei
Last update date: 2021-06-19 11:27
The National Security Department of the police arrested 5 directors of Next Media Group on suspicion of violating the "Minato National Security Act" on suspicion of conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security on the day before (17th). Edit Luo Weiguang and others, and freeze the assets of three companies under the group.
In an interview with Sing Tao Daily, the deputy director of the Basic Law Committee Tan Huizhu said that freedom of press and speech is not a "death-free gold medal" that allows newspapers to break the law without being responsible, and that the United Nations Human Rights Convention also stipulates that "protection of national security" can be used as a restriction. The rationale for the freedom of dissemination of information.
She believes that it is a reality that Hong Kong newspapers have political positions, but if news content contains political views, people from different positions should be interviewed to show fairness, emphasizing that newspapers regardless of their positions should not violate the law.
Luo Weiguang and Zhang Jianhong were arrested this Thursday, the police sent officers to search the Next Media Building
The United Nations Human Rights Convention has restrictions on freedom. Organizations with different positions will be prosecuted if they violate the same law
Tan Huizhu pointed out that according to Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression; such rights include language, writing or publication, art or other methods of their own choice, regardless of national boundaries. Freedom to seek, receive, and disseminate all kinds of information and ideas.” However, she said that the convention also stated that the above rights have special responsibilities and obligations, so certain restrictions, including respect for the rights or reputation of others; protection of national security or Public order, or public health or weathering.
Tan Huizhu emphasized that the media must always abide by the bottom line of the law, stressing that freedom of speech is not a "death-free gold medal" and that "you will not break the law just because you have freedom of the press, or that the (government) enforcement of regulations will destroy the freedom of the press." , Films or publications should take into account whether there is any violation of civil laws, such as defamation, and verify whether the reported content is in accordance with the facts.
Regarding criminal offences, Tan Huizhu mentioned earlier that reporters from different agencies were charged with false statements for investigating private cars on the grounds of traffic and transportation. She emphasized that "whether you are in the "Clang" or "Ta Kung Pao", Anyone who breaks the same law will be prosecuted.”
Regarding the Public Law Chair Professor Chen Wenmin of the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong pointed out a few days ago:
Articles published in the media are open to the world to read, and the content is not confidential. They question how articles published in newspapers constitute "collusion with foreign powers."
Tan Huizhu responded that it depends on the circumstances of the case. Currently, the society has not seen other relevant evidence, so the other party's statement is only a "speculative opinion."
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