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    27 MAY 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • District Council Election 2011

    News Content

    • The Electoral Affairs Commission yesterday proposed to extend the provision of equal time for candidates on television and radio to TV and radio programs broadcast online and ‘public media’ using the internet.
    • Commission chairman Justice Barnabas Fung Wah said the commission may reprimand or censure him in a public statement if a candidate is found to have failed in his effort to avoid gaining extra publicity in the media.
    • The public consultation will last for a month.

    Questions

    • Whether to accept the government proposal should be discussed in Hong Kong context. Hong Kong media is dominated by government and corporate propaganda, silencing or suppressing the oppressed groups. Generally speaking, the internet media serves as a platform for socially or culturally disadvantaged groups to express themselves. Politically speaking, it provides a platform for the politically disadvantaged groups to express their views.
    • The proposal imposes additional but unnecessary barriers to the politically disadvantaged groups. The proposal is unfair, and should be opposed.