"As the crackdown on dissent continues in Hong Kong with pro-democracy
protesters and politicians detained and jailed, there are now fears for the
independence of its flagship public service broadcaster and media freedom as a
The critically acclaimed Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), founded in 1928
when Hong Kong was still under British rule, has its editorial independence
guaranteed in a charter and is often called Hong Kong's version of the BBC.
But things have changed in a very short span of time.
News programmes are being pulled at the last minute, senior staff are quitting
in quick succession and a journalist who became a household name for grilling
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was fired.
Ms Lam herself was given air time four times a day to promote Chinese imposed
electoral changes that will reduce the number of directly elected lawmakers.
The head of the station - a journalism veteran - was "released" six months
ahead of his contract and replaced with Patrick Li, a career bureaucrat with no
Supporters of RTHK and its independent public service agenda are outraged."
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