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Joint statement - Suspension of Communication Activities with “Researchers” and soi-disant “Journalists” from Mainland China

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Joint statement - Suspension of Communication Activities with “Researchers” and soi-disant “Journalists” from Mainland China

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Hong Kong publisher Mr. Yiu Man-tin was convicted to a prison term of 10 years.(Photo: Apple Daily

Joint statement - Suspension of Communication Activities with“Researchers” and soi-disant “Journalists” from Mainland China

According to media reports, Mr YIU Man-tin, chief editor of the Hong Kong-based “Morning Bell Press” which is famous for publishing books banned in mainland China, was lured to Shenzhen and was subsequently arrested by security agents. It was announced on 7 May that Mr YIU was convicted to a prison term of 10 years in the name of “smuggling”. And jouranlist GAO Yu was taken into custody on 7 May in the name of “disclosure of state secrets" in Peking. The latest development
indicates that the evil claw of the Chinese authorities is expanding its reach to the Special Administrative Regions, tightening the grip on freedom of speech. To express our strong opposition, with immediate effect, the undersigned shall suspend all communication activities (namely, seminars, visits, a chat, a coffee and a meal) with:

1. “researchers” from Chinese governmental or semi-governmental institutions, in particular those without academic publications; and

2. soi-disant “journalists” who fail to prove their active role in a traditional / new media outlet, until the a continuous improvement of freedom of speech in China is seen.

Macau, 14 May 2014

Jason CHAO Teng Hei (the initiator), Roy CHOI Chi Chio

Background information:

Pro-democracy activists and legislators are often approached by “researchers” from Chinese governmental or semi-governmental institutions or “sociological department” of an “academic institution,” or soi-disant “journalists” who do not work for real publishers, for interviews on the latest development, plans, and organisation of activism. A principle devised by Antonio NG Kuok Cheong is generally observed that those “interviewers” are treated as real journalists in a way which information which has already been made public or may be made public shall be discussed. (Legislator NG said he personally supported the action of the declarants but would not take part in this action.)

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