Lam pledges better press arrangements

Local | 8 Jan 2019 1:53 pm

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor says she has ordered the government's various bureaus and departments to make better press arrangements when announcing major policies or new projects, RTHK reported.

This came after the administration came under criticism recently for how it arranged a media session for the Land Supply Task Force’s announcement of its final report.

Instead of arranging an auditorium where the speakers and reporters could sit down during the event, only a stand-up session was organized. This meant all the media representatives had to cover the hour-long event standing up.

Journalists were also unhappy with the arrangements for the opening of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass, expected on January 20.

Rather than arranging a preview for the media so that they could accurately report on future traffic arrangements, legislators and even members of a charity walk visited the scene before reporters were allowed to see the HK$36 billion bypass.

Speaking to the media ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting today, Lam acknowledged there is room for improvement in these arrangements.

The Hong Kong leader said her administration takes the media very seriously because it can help the public understand policies and monitor the government. She added that she’s asked officials to be more pro-active in communicating with the press.

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