12 Media regulation


May 25, 2016 (The Standard) — TVB will seek a judicial review into what it called inconsistent rulings by the Communications Authority on indirect advertising. The decision came hours after the broadcasting watchdog fined the station HK$150,000 for filming its stars eating KFC fried chicken at an anniversary show in December. A TVB spokesman said the company made a similar arrangement at its 48th Anniversary Gala in November,...

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May 27, 2016 (South China Morning Press) — A university student editor has started legal action against the government’s media managing arm for barring online reporters from press conferences. Teenie Ho Kar-hei, a third-year student and chief editor of Chinese University’s English magazine Varsity, filed a High Court writ on Friday seeking a judicial review against the head of the Information Services Department, Patrick Nip...

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May 16, 2016 (Hong Kong Free Press) — The Legislative Council will stop distinguishing online media from other types of media outlets when the new term begins in September. Reporters at digital news outlets will also be granted permanent media passes to report from the building. “No matter print, electronic or online media, if they registered legally, mainly engage in news reporting business and they come to the LegCo building...

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April 6, 2016 (South China Morning Post) — Media tycoon Ricky Wong Wai-kay’s long-running battle to ­secure a share of the free-to-air television market suffered ­another setback as the Court of Appeal quashed a lower court’s decision to have his ­licence application reconsidered. The Court of Appeal overturned a Court of First Instance ruling that the Executive Council had failed to follow the pro-competition 1998 reform ­–...

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April 24, 2015 — A court has ruled that it was unlawful for the Chief Executive C.Y. Leung and his cabinet to deny a free-to-air licence to Hong Kong Television Network. The court has ordered the Executive Council to reconsider its October 2013 decision which sparked street protests by HKTV supporters and prompted the telecoms veteran to seek a judicial review. In a written judgment, Mr Justice Thomas Au ruled that when the...

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The recent arrests of individuals involved in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong for violation of Section 161 of the Crimes Ordinance that targets computer crime offences are raising concern over freedom of expression. In an October 27, 2014 article in Quartz (qz.com), Associate Professor Doreen Weisenhaus is quoted as expressing concern over “whether there is an increased willingness for Hong Kong authorities to extend the...

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