Statement by Mrs. Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary, Steering Group Convenor, Hong Kong 2020 regarding the HKSAR government’s decision on free-to-air TV licences

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Statement by Mrs. Anson Chan,
Former Chief Secretary, Steering Group Convenor, Hong Kong 2020
regarding the HKSAR government’s decision on free-to-air TV licences

The Government owes the public a very clear explanation as to why it has reneged on an earlier promise that there would be no cap on the number of free-to-air TV licences and declined to accept the 2011 Broadcasting Authority recommendation that licences be awarded to all three applicants in the current exercise.

A continuing lack of transparency will only fuel suspicion of a political motive behind the ExCo decision and further erode the credibility of the CE and his Administration.

ExCo’s rules protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by individual members; they are not an excuse for refusing to disclose reasons for policy decisions that the public has a legitimate right to know.

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