採訪/易如 編輯/宋風 後製/舒燦
Founder of Hong Kong “House News” Driven by Fear
“House News” website founder announced its shut down
just before it reached its second anniversary.
The website has promoted democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.
Its founder said that fear and wrong judgment
caused the website shut-down.
He stated that Hong Kong is now
a place filled with political pressure and fear.
Not only core values have been distorted,
but the market was distorted too.
“House News” was founded on July 28th 2012
by Cai Donghao, Liang Wendao, Liu Xiliang and Liu Hansheng.
It has been supportive of democratic activities in Hong Kong.
“House News” openly supported the democrats
and the movement of “occupying Central Hong Kong”.
Cai Donghao, one of the co-founders of “House News”,
wrote a statement on July 26, saying:
“Today’s Hong Kong has changed.
It’s really challenging and even frightening
to be a normal citizen,
to run a normal medium,
and to do some right things for society.
It’s not something unfamiliar, but something fearful. ”
He also said: “Right now, the political struggles in Hong Kong
have made people feel extremely uneasy.
Many democratic activists were tracked, discredited
and had their past raked up.
An atmosphere of terror pervades Hong Kong society.
I also feel the pressure.”
Cai also mentioned that every time he visited Mainland China,
he was filled with fear at the customs entries.
Cai’s family also feels this pressure and
have worried about him all the time.
Cai Donghao also stated that every day about
300,000 people visited “House News” website
and it performed really well.
But, its account has never been in balance since the start.
He further explained, “I used to believe that Hong Kong
is still a normal place and I can live as a citizen that cares
about Hong Kong,
as a business man that can trust the market.
Obviously, I was wrong.”
Finally, Cai announced that “House News”
was officially closed that day.
Cai Donghao is a successful management professional,
a businessman and host of TV shows.
He is also a well-known writer of many books in the names
of Cai Donghao, Yuan Fusheng, Yu Jiufeng and Kong Shaolin.
He is also column writer of “Economic Journal”, “Next Magazine”
and “Apple Daily”.
Wen Yunchao (Bei Feng),
a media professional living in the U.S:
“House News announced its closure today,
and now all previous articles cannot be read any more.
It’s really abnormal and unusual.
I speculate that Mr. Cai might have been severely
and immediately threatened. ”
Wen Yunchao wrote in his Twitter account,
“The shut-down of House News is caused by fear rather than operational problems.
The fear should not come from the terrorism atmosphere itself in Hong Kong,
but should be from some direct threat.
If it’s only operational problem,
at least they can seek cooperation or sell the medium to a third-party,
or search for other solutions.”
Wen Yunchao: “Since last year, Mr. Chen Ping, producer of ‘iSun Affairs’,
and Liu Jintu, former Chief Editor of Hong Kong ‘Ming Pao’,
have been both physically attacked. ”
As a matter of fact, many Hong Kong medium professionals
have been assaulted more or less in recent years.
In June 2013, Chen Ping, founder of “iSun Affairs”,
was assaulted by 2 men holding wood sticks.
Mr. Chen’s head was wounded.
Office of Li Zhiying’s, founder of “Apple Daily”,
was set on fire.
The manager of Publisher “Qin Li De”
was chopped wounded,
and two of his employees have been
jailed in Shen Zhen Detention Center.
Shi Yongqing, owner of the newspaper “am730”
was intercepted while he was driving, and his car windows were broken.
Liu Jintu, Chief Editor of Hong Kong “Ming Pao”,
was carved three times by someone with a knife.
It’s not clear what kind of threat
that Cai Donghao has suffered.
House News pursued Hong Kong’s real freedom and judicial independence,
which cannot be tolerated by the current political situation.
Moreover, Liu Xiliang, one of the founders of House News,
is the core member and brain of “Democratic Party”.
Zhang Chengjue, former column writer of “Hong Kong News”,
“Right now, the political environment in Hong Kong is really brutal.
The internet scrutiny from Beijing is tighter and tighter.”
Zhang Chengjue stated that right now
the platforms of freedom of speeches are shrinking.
However, Hong Kong citizens have already
directed their spearheads of anger at Beijing’s tyrants, the authoritarians
This year July 1, more than 500,000 marched on the street,
fighting against the terrorism.
Zhang Chenjue also stated that the whole world trend tells us
democracy and freedom are universal values, which can never be changed.
Interview/YiRu Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/ShuChan