Lau Kong-wah dodges LCSD political censorship issue

Local | 22 Mar 2016 2:10 pm

Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah waded into a dispute over alleged political censorship by making vague promises to improve cooperation with local arts groups. He did not specify what he was referring to.

Lau made the terse statement to reporters hours after the Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, told the media that the Home Affairs chief would address a row over the apparent refusal by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to publish the complete name of a Taiwan University in a brochure.

“Hong Kong has maintaining very close and active relation with other parts of the world, especially in the cultural exchanges", Lau said. “The cooperation is good, it’s fruitful, and we welcome these cultural exchanges, and will continue our effort."

He added that the LCSD has a “close relationship" with local arts groups, and they have mutual respect and trust. Lau said the government will “look into the communication and practice with an aim to benefit our future good cooperation."

After the statement, he left without taking any questions.

Lau did not mention anything about the dispute out over the biography of a member of a drama group, the Nonsensemakers.

The group said the LCSD had asked them to take out the word “national,’’ from Taipei National University of the Arts, which was listed as the alma mater of executive producer Law Shuk-yin.

The company, The Nonsensemakers, presented a drama entitled "Part Three of The Notebook: The Third Lie" at the Tsuen Wan Town Hall between March 18 and 20. The program was organized by the LCSD, which was also responsible for printing the publicity pamphlet.—RTHK

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