New Free-to-Air TV License – A Short Commentary

Tonight is probably the first ever time that the people of Hong Kong has achieved a Facebook record.

Over 160,000 “Likes” were recorded less than FIVE HOURS after the page the Support HKTV was created on Facebook when the HKSAR Government announced that two new licenses are issued to Now TV and iCable. The application submitted by HKTV, founded by Ricky Wong, was denied.

The HKSAR Government refused to give any explanation on why the license was not issued to HKTV despite it was the first to apply amongst the three companies and that the company has already produced a number of dramas (HKTV promised not to have a news channel). Over a billion USD has been invested by the founder of HKTV, and the HKSAR Government granted HKTV a plot of land to establish its filming and broadcasting facilities years ago. It is awkward for the government to encourage HKTV to invest and continue to invest in a new TV channel but denied its application after years of waiting (and during these years, the channel has not stopped to produce programmes that trailers and episodes have received public support).

Going through old news and information available, it seems that the reason is clear despite the fact that the government refused to give an explanation…

In 2008, Ricky Wong joint ATV (a local TV channel infamous for its blinded pro-China and communist stance) and declared that he’d undergo a major reform: “ATV is not going to be CCTV’s Channel 10” and “ATV will not rely on advertisements placed by Chinese companies”. He was later on “resigned” from his position because of controversial comments he made.

This (not backing CCP/China) is something that surely would upset China, and it is in CCP’s nature not to forgive. So naturally, the HKSAR (aka HKSARCCP) Government would be told/informed/warned that a free-to-air TV license must not be issued to Ricky Wong, an “anti-revolutionary”! They want to get rid of him for good, so lured him to invest and it is possible that he would go bankrupt and HKTV will be gone – the set up of HKTV have essentially broke TVB’s monopoly (let’s face it, no one watches ATV really), actors left TVB because of the unfair and harsh contract terms (e.g. not allowed to speak Cantonese in any broadcasting channels even though many actors don’t speak Mandarin) – they stayed purely because there are no other options in the market.

For years, TVB and ATV are being accused of reporting news that are often taken out of context or sometimes have misleading/incorrect information. ATV, particularly, for its appalling productions (there aren’t many really), have been asked to close down for years – they broadcast the same programme over and over again for years, and repeat the same programmes within the same week. By controlling the media, the HKSAR Government essentially controls the way people think.

This is just a brief view on this news. Let’s see how this unfold.

Over and out!

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Target of Political Prosecution in HK is a Primary School Teacher

I’m sure you are aware of this incident. Completely ridiculous, I dare say.

Where else on earth would someone say the F word will be investigated by the police?

piece by Global Voices I just bumped into is pretty faithful to the whole incident, and shows the world what Communist are doing to Hong Kong. Freedom of expression is granted to everyone in Hong Kong, including Falun Gong people.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

What is worrying to the people of Hong Kong is that why didn’t the police force react to the aggressive actions by pro-China/pro-communist individuals and groups? Can they not seen how violent they are?

They’ve even (in fact the very same group “Hong Kong Youth Care Association”) hit a police officer’s head and told him to “eat shit” (a commonly used insult in Cantonese).

Leung Yiu-chung, a legislator, said to the press that “the seniors gave instructions to police officers that whenever they receive complaints about HKYCA and Falun Gong, they should simply ignore.”

Dark age has come! Don’t you think?

So now you know why we loose our respect to the police in Hong Kong. If you touch them, quite literally TOUCH them, they will sue you for assault. That’s why when people at protests always raise their hands when they’re surrounded by police.

Some protesters even shouted “support Royal Hong Kong Police to arrest GongAn (China’s “police” who swore to be loyal to the Communist Party)” at the recent Sai Yeung Choi Street South protest. (Reason: a bloke hit a protester and was released, and it was found out almost immediately that this man is a plainclothes police. Thanks to the netizens again.)

Without Golden Forum (a very popular online discussion forum), the thugs who were hired to support CY Leung and punched and hit protesters would not have been arrested. Within 48 hours, the Golden brothers and sisters (terms the Golden netizens use to call each other) have identified a few of those attackers and found out their names and some other information of their whereabouts. This is when the police took action to arrest them. Shouldn’t we taxpayers be paying Golden folks tax instead of the police force which clearly cannot do their job? Remember not long ago the police said they cannot find the suspect who attacked a Scholarism kid after a public forum because “they do not have the name of the suspect”? I’m quoting the police word for word here. This suspect is also one of the pro-Communist groups in Hong Kong, in case you want to know, no surprise really.

Over and out.

Censorship in Hong Kong – Freedom of Press???

Today’s top news about Hong Kong’s freedom of press.

Within hours after the news article was published, a Facebook page and political satire blogger that specialises in parody of current affairs created the below:

The above graphic says:

According to the censored edition of the Traditional Chinese version of A Concise History of Hong Kong:

Above picture: what Hong Kong looked like before 1997 (when British rule)

Bottom picture: what Hong Kong is after 1997 (under CCP’s rule)

So exactly what the Foreign Secretary says in the latest Six Monthly report about 1-Country-2-System and freedoms in Hong Kong are in fact lies.

When Western Media Covers HK – Why Do Many Caucasians Support Chinese but Condemn Hong Kongers?

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I have been following this news about Hong Kong being most racist in the world, and so glad that the name of Hong Kong has been cleared after some tough work our friendly blogger did:

The western media does not seem to pay a lot of attention to HK except when HK is being condemned for being a racist country (please do not tell me calling Hong Kong a country isn’t PC). I have some rather difficult to digest thoughts to share:

  • Self-abased but self-important
    Chinese are ashamed of the history baggage they all share – being beaten at many wars by Japanese and Western countries. The low self-esteem amongst the Chinese is not spoken, they are not even aware of this problem. For example, when you asked them about WWII, all they focus on was Japan’s invasion and what a humiliation that was to China, but fail to discuss the war on a different level.
    They cannot face the deeply rooted problems Chinese all share, nor could they admit the problems and try to correct them (well detailed by Joe Chung’s book “I Don’t Want to be Chinese Again” – no English translation available yet. This book is banned, obviously, in China but have a lot of awakening facts and argument about Chinese people). The so called history baggage has been suppressing Chinese. However, given the recent decades of economic advancement, Chinese seem to have become extremely self-important because of the new wealth they have – just look at the luxury shops and see how they behave, as if “one can do anything he wants as long as he has money”. The extremely self-abased people are now loaded with money, a new tool for exploitation from an individual to a global level, they are not extremely self-important. “Extreme self-abased turns into extreme self-important” – a phrase Hong Kongers use on its own people
  • “Persecutory delusion”
    Chinese is tuned or trained to believe that they have been suffering from discrimination across the world and the western world, in particular, have mistreated Chinese for centuries. Every time there is any sort of incidents caused by their behaviour (for example, the formula powder shortage problem), Chinese would come out shouting they are being discriminated. This deeply rooted mindset cannot be changed. They enjoy being the powerless victims when things happen to them, because of the point below
  • White guilt
    Western world did start war in China, even colonised some Asian countries or imported Asian for cheap labours for decades. This somehow imposed a guilt amongst the Caucasians thinking they need to protect the “yellow skin fellows”
  • Who are Hong Kongers?
    Hong Kongers are seen by the Western world a more civialised country than China (because the British government had taught Hong Kongers a lot of universal values and simply because the world know that communist countries cannot work). Hence, Hong Kongers are being seen equals on the level of “social sophistication”. Unfortunately, because of the skin colour, Caucasians still can’t quite see Hong Kongers with yellow skin as their equals! Caucasians in general do think they are more superior than the coloured people – many deny and say this type of comment is racist. But I think people prefer to stick to those who are similar to themselves – in terms of appearance, believes, tradition, etc. We often generalise things, and judge people by their skin or they way they dress. Generalisation is built-in self-protection mechanism – we hang out with people look and behave similar to ourselves, so we know what to expect and what not to do, the most extreme is we stereotype others so that we will be extra carefully when we meet someone who looks and speaks differently than ourselves. Here’s a massive conflicts!
  • How should we treat Chinese?
    Because of the White Guilt, Caucasians want to save those “poor coloured people”. This fits perfectly when the Chinese love to promote their “victim” identity. Although they are not shy about their wealth, they have no problem emphasizing their imaginary victim identity which trigger the sympathy of kind-hearten people (may it be Caucasians or local Hong Kongers) – the people from Hong Kong (as said before, a more civilised country) must help educate the less educated and less civilised Chinese! Please remember, China’s economy is amongst the top three, the people who play this “victim” game aren’t those poor ones – they are the ones who can afford to travel around the world and buy expensive handbags, etc (a fantastic example here in recent news). However, the western world, perhaps being blinded by the White Guilt, yes, the Brits have taught the Hong Kongers a lot things (values, justice, honesty, etc), but back then the Brits have the absolute power, it was relatively easier for them. Now that China has Hong Kong’s sovereignty and has an upper hand over Hong Kong (the worst is many Hong Kongers believe that if it wasn’t for China, Hong Kong had died) Hong Kong, as a nation of 7 million people, is in no position to educate or transform China, a nation with 1.3 billion people.

**let me repeat one more time: the term “Chinese” in my blog when referring to human beings is “national Chinese” not “racial Chinese”**

Press Freedom Erodes

This is a relatively old news (published a couple weeks ago), but is certainly worth reading as it shows that Hong Kong’s press freedom is being threatened, and the mission is ordered directly by the HKSAR government…

Roy Tang Yun-kwong, Director of Broadcasting is alleged to have interfered RTHK’s freedom in producing programmes. According to news report published on 13th March, Tang said that he does not intervene editorial freedom and independence.

However, an email he issued to the production team went public shortly after the rumours about him infringing upon RTHK’s press freedom and he’s under political missions from Peking/HKSAR government, including the refusal of renewing the contract with the current Acting Assistant Direct, Forever Sze Wing-yuen, also nicknamed “the last samurai of RTHK”, who refused to carry out politicial missions Tang ordered.

Tang said in a Legislative Council hearing that the production team of Headliner, RTHK’s popular TV programme on current affairs, suggested to use Hitler and other Nazis characters in one section of the programme that satirise social issues (the section is currently using Empress Dowager and an eunuch as the key characters). He, however, thought that using Hitler and Nazis related characters would cause controversies and demanded the production team to ditch the plan. The team, at the end, voluntarily changed their programme design (the team changed their plan because they found other characters that are more suitable than the Hitler idea, but not surrendering to Tang’s command).

An anonymous letter which includes an email Tang issued to the production team at Headliner, was sent to the media following Tang’s hearinRTHK (source: AM730)

Tang has no experience in the media sector prior to joining RTHK. His ability and leadership was questioned when he was appointed.

The public concerns that the above email by Tang shows that any ideas on programme production has to get “clearance” from the Director or the government. Some public figures also suspect that Tang was given the political mission to “sanitise” RTHK.