Chief Executive-designate John Lee says there is no limit to freedom of the press as long as media outlets do not violate the law


12th June 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam said today (12th) at the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the publication of Ta Kung Pao that the media should continue to make good use of press freedom and monitor the government’s governance. Chief Executive-designate John Lee pointed out that as long as it does not violate the law, there is no limit to the freedom of the press in Hong Kong. In her speech, Chief Executive Carrie Lam pointed out that the media plays an important role. No matter how the times change, the media’s functions of analysis, comparison and reference for the public will never change. In addition to continuing to make good use of press freedom to monitor the government, media outlets should also consciously safeguard national security, abide by the law, and proactively convey the message of national security to the society, providing readers and viewers with accurate, comprehensive and impartial information.

Lee also pointed out that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, and the next five years will be a critical moment for Hong Kong’s “governance and prosperity”. It is believed that Ta Kung Pao will continue to serve as a witness to history and report objectively, impartially and impartially the success of “One Country, Two Systems”.

Ta Kung Pao is the oldest active Chinese language newspaper in China. Founded in Tianjin in 1902, the paper is state-owned, controlled by the Liaison Office of the Central Government after the Chinese Civil War. It is widely regarded as a veteran pro-Beijing newspaper.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a congratulatory letter to Ta Kung Pao, one of the oldest Chinese language newspapers based in Hong Kong, on the 120th anniversary of its founding.

In the letter, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, urged the newspaper to carry forward its patriotic traditions, pursue innovative development and write even more splendid chapters of the steady and sustained implementation of “one country, two systems.”