Chapman Chen: On the Fourth Anniversary of Local Press 曾焯文:本土新聞四周年感言

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Four years ago, on 29 April, I and a few intellectuals deeply loving Hong Kong, like the veteran journalist, Madame Au Walin, founded Local Press. With time flying and the situation changed, all the colleagues of 2014 are gone except me as the director. But the mission of Local Press remains unchanged, i.e., to persist in reporting facts from a Hong Kong perspective, including those that other presses dare not report; to maintain a space for the public to discuss topics related to Hong Kong interests, even sensitive topics, such as teaching the Chinese subject in Putonghua in Hong Kong schools, and self-assertion movements in various places in the world.

Over the last four years, the press freedom of Hong Kong has been dwindling. Absentee viewpoints are rampant, and self-censorship is severe, so much so that Hong Kong is reduced into part of the Third World. Quite a few mainstream media, and even certain net-media, are supported by extra-territorial powers, or political parties, or real estate tycoons. But Local Press has not taken funds from any such parties, and has been making advances strenuously amidst dangers and difficulties. In 2016, it almost had to be closed down due to financial difficulties. Fortunately, Mr. Joel Lau joined in as the CEO and rescued Local Press.

Since a couple of years ago, Local Press has been following and reporting on cases in which Hong Kong dissidents are prosecuted in court, so closely and in such detail that it is rarely found in other media. Moreover, Local Press regularly publishes articles on preservation of Hong Kong culture, environmental protection, animal rights, health diets, spirituality, etc.

In fact, even today, Local Press is still in straitened circumstances. Our staff members are either quasi-volunteers or full volunteers. If you would like us to continue to serve Hong Kong and publish news related to Hong Kong interests, please subscribe to Local Press. Most grateful!

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曾焯文:本土新聞四周年感言

本土新聞四年前今日(四月二十九日)由小弟及資深報人區惠蓮女士等幾位熱愛香港人士創辦,時移勢易,當年的同事現只餘本人仍為董事,但宗旨不變,即是為本土利益打拼,堅持報導事實,包括他報所不敢報者,開放園地畀公眾討論與香港利益攸關的議題,甚至敏感議題,例如普教中。

四年來,香港新聞自由每況愈下,離地觀點橫行,自我審查嚴重,現已淪為第三世界。不少主流傳媒,甚至網媒,都有境外勢力或政治團體或地產財團支撐,唯獨本土新聞無收此類資助,艱險中奮進,二零一六年幾乎因財困而倒閉,猶幸劉子禮先生加入為社長董事,力挽狂瀾。

近年本土新聞報導異見人士被控的法庭案件尤其詳盡,日日緊貼時事,同業罕有。此外,本土新聞對於本土文化保育、環境保護、動物權益、健康飲食,靈性修養,全球各地自主運動,亦多著墨。

查實,今時今日,本土新聞仍然捉襟見肘,諸君如欲本社仍能繼續為香港人服務,報導與香港利益息息相關的新聞,請踴躍訂閱,感激不盡!

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