【禁闻】中共令香港在国际社会失去尊严

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【新唐人2013年10月12日讯】香港游客在菲律宾被劫持杀害的“马尼拉人质事件”已经过去三年,但菲律宾政府至今仍欠死者家属及伤者一个交代。日前,在印尼“亚太经合组织(APEC)领导人峰会”上,几名香港记者就“人质事件”向菲律宾总统提出后,被主办方赶出会场。他们的采访资格被取消,记者采访证也被没收。香港人的愤怒再度被激起,港人批评香港政府无能,在APEC失去尊严,是“矮子政府”。有评论指出,中共拉拢印尼、马来西亚及菲律宾等国,令香港失去在国际的影响力和地位,甚至基本尊严。

香港记者协会和国际记者联合会成员,8号到印尼和菲律宾驻港机构抗议,批评APEC主办方阻挠香港记者采访菲律宾总统阿奎诺三世,是侵犯新闻自由。他们要求主办方道歉和发还记者证。

10号,港府新闻处主任回答《新唐人》的书面提问时表示,经香港新闻处与APEC方面联系,“可惜,大会并未发还有关的记者证”。

国际记者联合会香港和中国区代表胡丽云﹕“其实我们这一个国际记者联合会,跟我们的会员,也一起出了一个声明,它(APEC主办方)是基于什么原因剥夺他们采访的权利﹖把他们驱离。”

据了解,APEC人员以不合礼仪及让嘉宾难堪为由,强行没收香港记者采访证,并喝令他们离开。而阿奎诺发言人说,记者当时的行为,让保安人员认为对阿奎诺人身安全构成威胁。不过,香港记者协会质疑,记者身上没有武器,阿奎诺也有随行人员保护,不懂为何大声发问会被认为是威胁。

胡丽云﹕“我们都非常清楚,记者的责任就是去提问。第二,如果他们看见这是一个新闻人物出现的时候,他们没有去提问,那就代表是他们自己没有做好他们的工作。”

中共外交部发言人在回应这起事件时却强调﹕记者应遵守大会的规定和秩序。

胡丽云﹕“首先我们要强调,没有一个记者是不遵守这个规则的,我们没有一个意图去违反什么规则。但是,如果说在会场里面遇到一个新闻人物,他们却不能去做采访的话,那我们就觉得,这一个规则合理吗﹖”

香港城市大学政治学教授郑宇硕﹕“香港市民对新闻自由是非常非常注重的,采访中受到不礼貌的对待,当然是感到不高兴,但同时也看到了中国(中共)政府也好、区政府也好,也没能给他们适当的、充分的支持,所以他们也有点失望,有点抱怨。”

国际记者联合会香港和中国区代表胡丽云表示,过去三年,“人质事件”死者家属和伤者,不断通过媒体,向菲律宾政府表达诉求。但是三年多来,阿奎诺三世政府一直没有回应。

香港特首梁振英6号在APEC上与中共领导人习近平会面。媒体指称,梁振英转达了“人质事件”家属的要求。

与此同时,梁振英和阿奎诺在APEC非正式会议后,正式就“人质事件”进行会谈。随后阿奎诺向菲律宾媒体透露,人质惨剧全由枪手一人造成,根据所谓的“菲律宾文化”,他不会代替别人的过失道歉。

港人则发声谴责阿奎诺推卸责任、冷血无情,认为他之所以能够“凉薄若此”,关键原因是特区政府过于软弱无能。

郑宇硕﹕“的确,在这一趟的事件中,香港的区政府在维护香港的国际地位、国际形象、国际影响力,做得不太好。”

香港《苹果日报》评论指出,阿奎诺三世对人质事件的态度就应证着﹕香港在国际层面上继续遭到包括中共等各方的冷处理,甚至连基本尊严也失去。评论说,中共当局拉拢马来西亚和印尼成为战略伙伴,马、印两国势必将进一步疏远香港。而一旦中共在亚洲做好布局,平稳发展之后,将会加强对香港的操控和干预。

采访/易如 编辑/周平 后制/李勇

Hong Kong’s Dignity Lost Since Return to CCP Rule

Hong Kong tourists were killed in Manila, Philippines
three years ago,
the Philippine government still owes an explanation
to the victims’ families.
Several Hong Kong reporters questioned the Philippine
president at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation
(APEC) summit in Indonesia.

However, APEC staff barred the reporters from the conference,
and confiscated their media credentials.
The incident aggravated Hong Kong people’s dissatisfaction
with the Hong Kong government, calling it useless,
and a “dwarf government”, for losing dignity at APEC.

Commentators say the Chinese Communist Party
is winning over Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines,
leading Hong Kong to lose its international influence,
status and even its basic dignity.

On Oct. 8, Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) and
members of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
protested outside the Indonesian and
Philippine consulates in Hong Kong.
They condemned APEC organizers’ violation of press freedom
and preventing reporters from interviewing
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

The protesters demanded APEC organizers to
apologize and return the reporters’ press credentials.

On Oct. 10, a Hong Kong news department officer told NTD
that they contacted the APEC, but unfortunately,
press credentials haven’t been returned to the reporters.

Hu Liyun, IFJ representative of Hong Kong and China regions:
“The IFJ and the journalists barred from the APEC summit
jointly issued a statement questioning why the reporters’ were
removed from the meeting, and their press freedom deprived.”

It’s said that APEC staff thought Hong Kong reporters’
manner was improper, and embarrassed their guest,
thus they confiscated their press credentials
and asked them to leave.
President Aquino’s spokesman says security staff thought
the reporters’ manner posed a security threat to Aquino.
HKJA replied, saying that the reporters didn’t carry weapons,
and Aquino has bodyguards,
it is hard to understand how reporters shouting questions
posed a threat to Aquino.

Hu Liyun: “We are clear that a reporter’s duty
is to raise questions.
When they see a public figure show up, if they don’t
raise questions, they wouldn’t be fulfilling their duty.”

The CCP’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson emphasized
that reporters should follow the rules of the conference.

Hu Liyun: “We have stressed that not one reporter has
failed to comply with the rules, and neither do we intend to.
However, if when a public figure turns up, we aren’t allowed
to carry out an interview, then could this be a legitimate rule?”

Joseph Yu-shek Cheng, Politics professor at City University
of Hong Kong: “Hong Kongers consider press freedom
to be very important.

When the reporters were carrying out an interview,
they were rudely treated, certainly they would not be happy.
Meanwhile they noticed that the governments of China and
Hong Kong haven’t fully supported them.
So they are rather disappointed, and are complaining.”

Hu Liyun says that in the past three years, family members of
victims and people harmed in the Manila hostage tragedy have
repeatedly appealed to the Philippine government via the media.
But the Aquino government hasn’t responded.

On Oct. 6, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
met with CCP leaders at the APEC summit.
Media say Leung conveyed Manila tragedy victims’ requests.

Leung also spoke with Aquino about the Manila
hostage tragedy issue at an APEC informal meeting.
Later, Aquino told media that the entire tragedy was
caused by one gunman, and according to Philippine culture,
he cannot apologize for someone else’s negligence.

Hong Kong people condemned Aquino
for shirking responsibility and ruthless,
and say that he can only be so cold-blooded,
because the Hong Kong government is too weak and useless.

Joseph Cheng: “Indeed, regarding this issue,
Hong Kong government didn’t perform well in
maintaining its international status, image and influence.”

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily says Aquino’s attitude shows
that Hong Kong is continuously being marginalized
at an international level, as well as by the CCP.

It says even Hong Kong’s basic dignity has been lost.

The report says that as the CCP wins over Malaysia and
Indonesia as strategic partners,
both countries are bound to further neglect Hong Kong.

Once the CCP has settled in Asia and after steady development,
it will tighten its control of and meddling with Hong Kong.

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