褚簡寧 Michael Chugani
Tightening media rules on exposés would hurt HK's global image
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About two years before the 1997 reunification the then Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang had an off-the-record briefing with selected media. I was the chief editor of a now defunct English language newspaper during those politically-charged times.
She did not invite our newspaper, which she considered too critical of the government. Someone at the briefing told me what Chan said. I decided to run the story naming her because our reporter was not at the briefing and therefore not bound by off-the-record rules.
When I was a correspondent in Washington DC for this newspaper and other Hong Kong media leading up to reunification, a very senior expatriate civil servant gave a talk at the Heritage Foundation think tank. Reporters were not allowed. ...