Hong Kong’s Government Broadcaster Ordered to Support China’s National Securityon September 30, 2021 at 7:03 am

HONG KONG—Staff of Hong Kong’s embattled public broadcaster were ordered on Wednesday to support national security and the interests of the Chinese regime and the Hong Kong government, the broadcaster reported, a move certain to stoke fears over press freedom in the city. The only independent, publicly funded media outlet on Chinese soil, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has been broadcasting since 1928 and is sometimes compared to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Its charter guarantees its editorial independence. The broadcaster angered the Hong Kong government, police, and many across the city’s pro-Beijing establishment with its coverage of the pro-democracy protests that rocked the city for much of 2019. RTHK said a detailed document was issued to staff setting out its editorial responsibilities, policies, and procedures. It follows criticism in a government review in February. The broadcaster reported the document, issued by management, stressed that RTHK programs must not provoke or …

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