Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hong Kong Media blacklisted in Philippines for Questioning Aquino at Apec summit

Hong Kong Media blacklisted in Philippines , HK media blacklisted

9 Hong Kong journalists have been blacklisted from entering the Philippines to cover next year's Apec summit after they asked the country’s president questions at last year's meeting about the Manila bus tragedy.

The news emerged after Now TV cameraman Eric Lee Kwok-keung – one of the journalists who covered the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit last year in Bali – was denied entry to the Philippines on Thursday and was forced to return to Hong Kong.

A letter, provided by the airline Lee travelled with, indicated that a total of six reporters from Now TV, two from Commercial Radio and another from RTHK had been placed on a “Black List”.

The order issued by the immigration department reads:

“Acting on the 29 May this year. Letter of Ager P. Ontog, Jr., Director General, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Office of the President, requesting that the above-named subjects be prevented from entering the country to cover the APEC Summit next year for heckling of President Benigno S. Aquino III during the latter’s visit to Bali, Indonesia during the October last year CEO Summit.

Thus, we hereby include the above-named subjects in the Bureau’s Black List with remarks: ‘Undesirability’.”

In October last year, the reporters from the three media outlets were hauled away and had their media passes confiscated after they fired questions at Aquino as he walked past a non-restricted area of the Bali International Convention Centre.

The reporters asked the president if he intended to meet Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and if he would apologise to family members of victims who died in the hostage crisis.

Aquino did not reply to the questions.


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