Online-only journalist organizations, the press who do not have a print edition, have been restricted from access Hong Kong government press conference and press release. This government’s rule has been criticized by journalists against freedom of the press and behind the times despite the prevalence of online-only press.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam told the press that the government introduced new arrangement to allow eligible online-only media to apply for admission into the government media events.
After studies and consultation of 5 major local journalists organizations, the Information Services Department (ISD) has come up with the new eligibility of online-only media to be registered as bona fides Mass News Media Organizations (MNMOs) for gaining access to the government press events, the applicant organization should satisfy the four requirements:
- It must provide proof of regular online news reports for the past three months preceding the date of application.
- The site should be updating its news platform at least five days a week.
- It is staffed by at least an editor and a reporter.
- The entity must be registered under the Registration of Local Newspapers Ordinance.
The ISD will review the new arrangement about six months after its implementation.
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